Le rétablissement de Taiwan

BANGKOK – Une cour taïwanaise a condamné la semaine dernière Chen Shui-bien, président de Taiwan de 2000 à 2008, à l’emprisonnement à vie pour corruption.

Chen a subtilisé des millions de dollars de fonds publics. Il n’a pas agit seul. Sa femme (qui s’est vue infliger une peine similaire), ses enfants et d’autres membres de la famille ont tous contribué à détourner le trésor subtilisé vers des comptes offshores. L’ancienne première famille de Taiwan s’est donc avérée être un repère de voleurs ordinaires.

Chen et son Parti Démocrate Progressiste ont masqué leurs intérêts financiers personnels et leur petit business en prétextant la survivance d’une société chinoise démocratique dans un Taiwan indépendant. Pendant des années, Chen donnait l’image d’un courageux David combattant un Goliath communiste, déclenchant l’admiration de nombreux observateurs un peu partout dans le monde (dont votre serviteur à une certaine époque).

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