LettersWhy status quo in Taiwan Strait might be best way to avoid bloodshed
- Readers discuss the ongoing tensions across the Taiwan Strait and the need for brotherhood, instead of confrontation
Coming across Lili Marleen, a hit song during the second world war, I found it to be full of paradoxes. The song was originally a love poem penned by a German soldier during the first world war and only set to music around the second world war. It was first sung by Lale Andersen, a German woman who resisted Nazis and was enamoured of a Jewish man, but it became a favourite among both Axis and Allied soldiers.
Many Chinese, in particular those living overseas, are desperate for China to become a strong and wealthy nation. But how can this dream come true? We cannot expect that Beijing will abandon communism or that Taipei will give up democracy as there is much to be said for both sides.
Barnaby Ieong, Macau
Taiwan crisis needs brotherhood, not conflict
As a result, Taiwan was able to catch up after the second world war and eventually become a world leader in technology. It also became a major investor in the mainland, with Foxconn and other firms opening huge factories and creating many job opportunities for mainland workers.
Putting aside all the political rhetoric, I am sure Beijing realises Taipei is essential as a brother. Confrontation is the last thing we need.
The correct solution is brotherhood. The two sides of the Taiwan Strait are not younger and older brothers, just brothers.
Peter den Hartog, Tuen Mun