Taiwan’s democratic elections, widely watched in China, will spur the Chinese people to demand reforms and Chinese authorities will be “shocked” into changing their current practices, a mainland Chinese scholar said Saturday. Wang Weinan, a research fellow at Shanghai Academy of SocialScience, said mainland Chinese people are “envious” of Taiwan people’s right to choose their national leaders andparliamentarians. Given the increasing exchanges between the people across the Taiwan Strait and the multiple channels through which the Chinese people can obtain information about Taiwan, more and more Chinese are viewing Taiwan in a favorable light, Wang said.
With so many mainland Chinese having seen, via satellite TV and other media, how Taiwanese cast their ballots and how the votes were counted, the Chinese people will call for reforms and the authorities will be “shocked” into implementing changes, he said.
Chinese authorities have always claimed that because of the size of their country, democracy would not be a suitable system there, Wang said. But after seeing several presidential elections in Taiwan, which have become more and more peaceful and rational, the Chinese will start asking, “If it can be done in Taiwan, why ca