2022/5/26  
英文 English 
Taiwan's economy outshone South Korea's last year due to reduced dependence on China: report (2021/01/03)

Taiwan's economy is often compared with South Korea's as the two countries are rivals in the tech sector. Before the pandemic, people in Taiwan often looked at Korea with envy. But now the tables have been turned. A major newspaper in South Korea has published a report saying that Taiwan has surpassed Korea economically, and the reason for it is that Taiwan had shaken off its economic dependence on China. The article warns that if South Korea continued to be subservient to China, it would be hard to guarantee that its economy would not deteriorate further.

The Chosun Ilbo, a leading daily newspaper in South Korea, recently ran a lengthy report on how Taiwan was able to shake off its economic dependence on China and economically thrash rival South Korea, which takes a subservient attitude to Beijing.

The article notes that the attitudes of the two nations' top-level administrations towards China ultimately determined their economic and national destinies and amounted to a major dividing line between the two countries. The International Monetary Fund predicted in October last year that South Korea's GDP growth for 2020 would stand at -1.9%, China's at 0.9% and Taiwan's at 0%. But now Taiwan's statistics bureau, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, at the end of the year has recently adjusted Taiwan's estimated GDP growth for last year upwards to 2.54%.

Chen Ting-fei
DPP lawmaker
Since the government of President Tsai Ing-wen came to power, we see that we no longer have to rely on China. We are looking at all economic entities broadly across the entire world and redistributing all the eggs that we put into the China basket. The effects of the action have indeed been noticed across the globe.

The Chosun Ilbo article laments Korea's unwillingness to completely close its doors to China, while Taiwan responded to the coronavirus pandemic by creating a great firewall to rebuff China. Now Korea's efforts to combat the pandemic have been entirely defeated. It further states that in 2021, President Moon Jae-in is still caught up in a fantasy about China and continues to remain subservient to Beijing. As a result, South Korea's economy was worsening and the gap with Taiwan was continuing to widen. It is difficult to ascertain if South Korea's fate won't get any worse.

Arirang TV of South Korean
Almost half the population in South Korea has suffered job losses.

Other media have also compared South Korea with Taiwan in their handling of the epidemic and economic performance. The comparison has prompted other Asian nations to reflect on their China policies.
中文 Chinese  
南韓看中國臉色過活 韓媒嘆:台灣完勝!

南韓《朝鮮日報》,報導台灣經濟成長率「打趴」南韓,還分析原因就是台灣擺脫中國依賴,在疫情中建立「中國防火牆」,而南韓始終看著中國臉色,經濟惡化,還感嘆要是這樣下去,跟台灣差距持續拉大,難保國運不會衰退。

南韓大報《朝鮮日報》,以台灣擺脫中國依賴,完勝看中國臉色的韓國為題,大篇幅報導。

文中直接點出,兩國執政階層對中國的態度,成了經濟命運與國家命運,重要分水嶺。因為根據國際貨幣基金組織IMF,去年10月預測的經濟成長率,南韓是-1.9%、中國0.9%、台灣0%,但我國主計總處在年底,上修經濟成長率到2.54%。

[[立委(民) 陳亭妃]]
"從小英政府執政之後,我們看到我們不再依賴中國,我們把所有的經濟體放眼全世界,把所有的雞蛋放在全世界。這段的成效,確實讓全世界看到了。"

《朝鮮日報》大嘆,就是因為武漢肺炎疫情,台灣打造「中國防火牆 」,南韓則不願全面對中國關上國門,防疫完全敗北,2021年的南韓總統文在寅,仍陷在「對中國的幻想」中,持續看著中國的臉色,結果經濟惡化,與台灣的差距持續拉大,難保南韓的國運不會衰退。

[[聲音來源:阿里郎電視台記者]]
"南韓近半數人口,已經失業或遭到減薪。"

其他媒體也紛紛拿南韓跟台灣狀況比較,台灣的防疫、經濟成績,促使亞洲國家反思,對中政策。

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