Nope, there are quite a few ROC dual citizens that swap countries when the opportunity is right.
There are PRC citizens that specifically immigrate to European countries with a weak performance in their sport to get a chance at the Olympics.
There are Canadian that go to the USA…etc. etc. [/quote]
That accounts for a few special cases and you know it. Try being a little less disingenuous with your arguments.
In any event, what is banning the ROC athletes going to do for Taiwan.
A single gold medal win in TKD for ROC in Beijing, would bring so much positive publicity for Taiwan. People would have to ask again “What is Chinese Taipei,” “Is the Olympic theme song an athem?” etc.
Don’t send any ROC athletes to Beijing and it will really be a “out of sight out of mind” situation. The world won’t even blink that Taiwan didn’t go. It not like most people can find Taiwan on a map anyways.[/quote]
Despite what you want to believe, the Taiwan / China issue is more in the fore of global issues than you might think.
If you think the Taiwan issue won’t be talked about if there was a boycott, then I’ve got a Chinese goodwill panda I want to sell you.
Of course it will be talked about. And China will probably help matters by not compromising with the torch relay qualifier that Taiwan has asked for, as well – and I’m sure there will be other stupid PR disasters that only the PRC can dream up.
The Chinese Taipei thing is old news and certainly won’t get as much airplay as Taiwan boycotting the games.