Bet on its old foe backfires as Kuomintang self-destructs
The Wall Street Journal
Date: Oct. 13, 2015
By Andrew Browne
TAIPEI—No matter how desperately China hankers for unification with
Taiwan, a strong conviction that time is on its side has long trumped its temptation to use bullying tactics to force the outcome.
Eventually, the Chinese thinking goes, the Taiwanese will come to the conclusion that their future lies in economic integration with the mainland, and that once the two economies are thoroughly enmeshed a political settlement will end an estrangement that has lasted since 1949, when the Kuomintang retreated to Taiwan after losing the civil war on the mainland.
So while batteries of Chinese missiles still point toward the island, tranquility has reigned across the Taiwan Strait.
Perhaps not for much longer, as Beijing’s strategy of waiting it out now seems to be in tatters. [FULL STORY]