Situated Between China & Taiwan American Is Also Concerned About Kinmen-Part II
How about the future of population and economy development in Kinmen in the future? Magistrate Li said that there are about eighty thousand local people in Kinmen, with about one million Kinmen people overseas, which makes it an authentic(9) "overseas Chinese homeland". There has been a returning of Kinmen residents in recent years. Li said that "the future development of Kinmen should be based on China." In the future, they will focus on the development of tourism, bringing many domestic and foreign entrepreneurs to visit and explore Kinmen for potential opportunities. He believes that if the residents from the 25 provinces in mainland China can come to Kinmen without any limitation, there will be a chance for Kinmen's development. The prosperous(10) future of Kinmen can be expected.
"Poor Kinmen people!" sighed Magistrate Li. He said that Taiwan only cares about elections and overlook(11) the development of Kinmen. Professors from the U.S. asked, "Is there any way Kinmen can express its opinion in Taipei?" Magistrate Li answered, "The president, and the premier already heard Kinmen's voice" but Kinmen, which is situated across the ocean, has never protested, or demonstrated. It is all due to the conservative(12) and kind personality of Kinmen people. This makes the central government pay less attention to Kinmen.
Kinmen was managed by the military, and residents lived like birds in a cage. Now the cage is open, but the residents are afraid to cross the line, which is totally different from Taiwan people. It's of no use if he is the only one to "shut out". He bemoaned(13) against the injustice(14) for Kinmen's awkward(15) role. Magistrate Li strongly called for an administration to be in control of and plan all kinds of off-shore island policy construction and policies. He expects that the central government won't overlook the value of Kinmen's existence.
"Kinmen residents rank the highest in the saving rates among the country" Magistrate Li told the professors from the U.S. Kinmen people will save 7 out of 10 of their income. This is because Kinmen residents who lived under the torture(16) of wars, have the concept of being vigilant(17) in peace time. Although the peace has come now, they won't easily spend a penny. The consumption level is relatively low here. It's of no exaggeration if we called them the"rich poor people." Professors from the U.S. were impressed by this spirit of Kinmen, and they said with their thumbs up, "We should learn this spirit from Kinmem."
Magistrate Li said "The national income of Kinmen is three times of that in Xiamen," but things are expensive in Xiamen now. Most Kinmen people are conservative about the way they manage their money. In recent years, more Kinmen people have crossed the ocean to invest in real estate in Xiamen. People who "landed" there and invested in real estate earlier have made a fortune. Magistrate Li succinctly(18) yet comprehensively explained the battlefield culture, southern Fujian culture and environment preservation, including the processing of garbage and polluted water to the visiting professors.
National Committee on US-Sino Relation was established in 1996, and the headquarters is in New York. It is a non-profit organization. Ever since its establishment, the committees have played a very important role in promoting the contact between the United States and China. They mainly put their efforts in promoting the understanding and cooperation between people in the two sides. They firmly believe that improving public knowledge, face to face contact, and frank opinion exchanging are the elements of the healthy relationship between the United States and China.