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新政府即將上任,國內關心台灣走向與前途的人士紛紛貢獻意見,期望未來的四年或八年,在台灣的中華民國得以繼續「風調雨順」、「國泰民安」。我也湊個熱鬧,不時投書英文《台北時報》(Taipei Times)與英文《中國郵報 》(The China Post),胡謅一番。

四月六日《台北時報》的第八版,刊出美國紐約佩斯大學(Pace University)李教授(Prof. Lee Tse-Hei) 的一篇文章,標題為「採行主動積極的外交手法」(Switching to diplomatic activism)。

他指出,在中國的強勢作為下,台灣參與國際組織與活動的空間逐漸被壓縮,因建議蔡總統採行主動積極的外交手法,以保有目前的邦交國並爭取更多的友邦。針對他的論點,我投書提出四點看法,其中第三點建議新政府恢復行政院新聞局這個金字招牌機構,有效地為台灣發聲。投書經該報於四月十一日在同一版面刊出,標題「確保發展」(Safeguarding development)是該報所加上。謹將該投書中譯及英文原文附後,敬請同仁好友不吝指正。(2016/04/11完稿)

投書中譯

標題:確保發展

採行主動積極的外交手法,說比做容易,台灣需要一些理性的想法與策略,以確保它的存活與永續發展。

李教授只談台灣在國際上面臨的困境,對如何在外交上致勝,並沒有為新政府提供可行方案。或許他已提出,也可能這是一項艱巨的工作。謹就此主題,提出我個人的看法。

首先,中國是一巨大的鄰居,台灣必須承認此一事實,加以接納。台灣不能與中國硬碰硬。就是加拿大這個大國,也要對它的鄰居美國表示一點敬意。台灣沒本錢在外交場域上與中國對撞,那等於是自殺。太多反中國的言語不會有好結果,因為仇恨要改變是困難的,如果不是不可能的話。為了台灣的福祉,台海兩岸維持一個友善的氣氛,有其絕對的必要。

第二,台灣要營造它的「軟實力」與「巧實力」,以贏取國際社會的尊重,得到它應有的地位。在軟實力方面,台灣必須宣揚它的文化、政治價值、以及外交政策,以吸引並說服其他國家,認為台灣是世界的資產,而不是負債。在巧實力方面,台灣必須展現它有能力打仗,若有需要的話。台灣必須增強軍事戰備,証明它是一個不容忽視的區域強國。

第三,為使國際強權接受台灣是一可信且有價值的成員,台灣必須有一個高效能的政府機構,此機構不但能說清楚講明白,且能立即在全世界做出反應,以維護台灣的形象與利益。為達到此目的,新政府可恢復行政院新聞局。此機構不幸在四年前被解散,之前在二十多個中央政府單位中,它的能力評比名列前茅。恢復這個機構,將可能成為眾所矚目的「 轉型正義」的一個範例。

最後但同等重要的是,台灣人不該懷有「如果台海戰爭爆發,美國與日本政府會協助台灣」這種危險的觀念。美日各有自己的國家利益要維護;在與中國競爭中,台灣不是不可缺少的。

 

英文投書原文

 

 

[ LETTER ]

Mon, Apr 11, 2016 - Page 8

Safeguarding development

Switching to diplomatic activism is easier said than done. Taiwan needs some rational thinking and strategies in order to safeguard its survival and sustainable development. (“Switching to diplomatic activism,” April 6, page 8).

The author of the article points out the problems facing Taiwan, but refrains from mapping out a plan for the incoming government. Maybe he has already done so, or it is quite an enormous task. I would like to share my perspective on the subject.

Above all, we have to admit the fact that China is a giant neighbor that has to be accommodated and Taiwan cannot play hardball. Even a big country like Canada has to show respect to its neighbor — the US.

Taiwan cannot afford to have a head-on crash with China in the diplomatic arena. It would be suicide.

Too much anti-China rhetoric is counter-productive, as animosity would be difficult to change, if not impossible.

For the good of Taiwan, an amicable atmosphere across the Taiwan Strait is a must.

Second, Taiwan has to nurture its “soft power” and “smart power” to win respect from and secure a niche in the international community.

For soft power, the nation has to make well-known its culture, political values and foreign policies to attract and persuade other countries that Taiwan is an asset, not a liability.

For smart power, the nation has to show that it has the ability to fight if need be.

The nation has to improve its military combat readiness to prove that it is a regional power to be reckoned with.

Third, to attract international powers to accept Taiwan as a credible and valuable member, it must have a viable government apparatus which can not only expound but can respond instantly worldwide in order to protect the nation’s image and interests.

The Government Information Office, which unfortunately was disbanded four years ago, could be restored by the incoming government for this purpose, as it was rated as one of the most competent among more than 20 central government agencies.

The reinstatement of the office might become a paradigm of the much-talked-about transitional justice.

Last, but not least, Taiwanese should not harbor the dangerous notion that the US and Japanese governments would come to Taiwan’s aid if war broke out across the Taiwan Strait. They both have their own national interests to protect; in a competition against China, Taiwan is not indispensable.

David Tzou

Taoyuan

 

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