Former Taiwanese leader Chen Shui bian was sentenced to life imprisonment on 11 September and Portnoy has made an excellent summary of Twitterers’ responses from Taiwan. Here I would like to add to the discussion by collecting more opinions and discussions from mainland China and Hong Kong, which, very interestingly, are pointing at very different conclusions.
China: A farce of Democracy
There is a hot debate on whether Chen's life sentence is a farce or victory of democracy.
Wuluwufu from state-owned Qiangguo Forum argued that Chen's life sentence is a farce of Taiwan's democratic system.
111.167.234 added in the comment section,
Hong Kong: A victory of Democracy
However, Xiaoren from Hong Kong celebrated Chen’s life sentence as a victory of democracy in his blog,
有民主先有民生，如果香港呢家已經好似台灣咁民主發展得咁成熟，真係唔知會有幾多官員因為某 d 事件而下台。
People’s livelihood is based on democracy, if Hong Kong’s democratic progress is as mature as Taiwan’s, I cannot estimate how many governmental leaders have to step down…
Several netizens from Hong Kong Golden Forum used the graphic picture below to celebrate Chen's sentence. It said: “let's sing and dance!”
In Hong Kong Discussion Forum, a netizen udbkam posted a question, asking “Do you agree that Chen’s corruption is a minor problem because Taiwan enjoys universal suffrage?”
at least Chen’s corruption case comes to a conclusion.
Across the strait, people do not even know who’re involved (in corruption)…..
Eric_from_1986 further elaborated,
Carlucci also shared similar view,
今天我很羨慕台灣人. 能把前貪污總統判無期徒刑. 公義得以申張. 中國人民共和國? 何時才能這樣???
Anti-CCP sentiment at work?
Another debate among Hong Kong netizens over Chen's sentence is on whether or not Chen's sentence is a result of the anti- Chinese Communist party's sentiment in Taiwan (as corruption is the biggest problem in China). It is interesting to note that such opinion is very different from some Taiwanese netizens viewpoint that the Taiwanese ruling party KMT is trying to please CCP with Chen's life imprisonment (via Portnoy's post).
Helen17162 in Hong Kong Discussion Forum disagreed with such association,
(P.S the thumb nail picture is from NF daily news)
What happened twice is a farce…
If we help each other together,
we will win our victory…
Of course it’s a farce, and in the numerous secret meetings between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) it was no doubt decided that Chen Shui-bian should be imprisoned for life. Just listen to Jackie Chan and other PRC spokesmen: the Chinese hate democracy and will always go out of their way to stamp it out.