Chinese leftists offered cash bonuses to 23 million people in exchange for supporting a new regime without constitutional limitations on Nov. 20.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will reward all Taiwan residents with $700 a year, if the mainland dictatorship seizes control of the island.
The CCP claims dismantling the island’s military defenses could save each taxpayer 20,000 Taiwanese dollars (about $720) a year. This money could be refunded to each resident annually.
A news periodical of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the CPPCC Daily, published the deal in the fifth edition of “Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Weekly” and article, “Why do they say Taiwan’s future lies in reunification?”
However, Taiwanese people emphatically rejected the deal and stressed their democracy is not for sale according to Taiwan News.
“20,000 more a month is not enough,” one internet user said according to the Liberty Times. “Even a Taiwanese beggar would consider it too little.”
Another user believes no one in their right mind would sacrifice freedom for 20,000 Taiwanese dollars. A different user made a counter offer to pay the same amount for Xi Jinping, “Winnie the Pooh,” to quit “abusing Taiwan.”
Chinese netizens suggested the CCP should give the money to the mainland’s poorest people instead.
“What about the 600 million impoverished who can barely make ends meet with a monthly income of 1,000 renminbi ($157)?” one user said.
The CCP considers the autonomous island of Taiwan to be a province of China, even though it is democratically governed.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to resist the CCP’s diplomatic pressure.
“We will continue to bolster our national defense, and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us,” she previously said. “This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.”