"Why do people pretend that a political system that rolls tanks and artillery out against civilians without weapons represents a government worthy of our admiration or (is such a word possible?) affection?"
If he truly would like an answer, he could do worse than to ask his fellow China Post colleague, "Traitor Joe" Hung.
"After the conquest [of Taiwan], China would rule Taiwan as a province as Japan did from 1895 to 1945. The Japanese colonizers did improve the life of the colonized a great deal. The Chinese conquerors would outperform the Japanese."
"Perhaps, it may be much better to be conquered for Taiwan's next generation and those after them. All's well that ends well."