Taiwan – The Road To Democracy

From The China Times (in Chinese), translated by EastSouthWestNorth:

This afternoon, at the international forum titled “The Road To : Global Perspectives on Democratic Experiments” sponsored by the Cultural Foundation and held at the Zhongshan Hall, the invited guest Shi Ming-teh (ÊñΩÊòéÂæ∑) said in his speech that many people have told him that the past several decades of work done by the Democratic Progressive Party while they were in the opposition has been totally erased in a brief six years. Although Shi Ming-teh was not happy with the current situation, he pointed out that looking beyond even the present, the road to democracy should not have been smooth anyway. Furthermore, the discontent of the people represents hope and it is a social force.

Lung Ying-tai said that Taiwan was the first country in the Chinese-speaking world to attempt to implement democracy. But society here is now filled with mistrust, disappointment and helplessness. She said: The original opposition became the rulers, but their impotence and corruption far exceeded our imagination; the original rulers became the opposition, but their impotence and lack of self-awareness are unbearable.

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