[quote=“crazyazn”]"On Jan 6, leaders of the ASEAN plan to hold a special summit on disaster assistance in Jakarta. In addition, the UN is holding its own disaster conference in Geneva on Jan. 11.
Taiwan has not been invited to attend either conference." :fume:
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Is there any site of ASEAN or the UN where we can go and make a noise of sorts??[/quote]
Of course Taiwan was not invited. It’s not a member of either organization.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not supportive of Taiwan’s exclusion at all, it pisses me off too. But I’m no longer surprised by it. Taiwan is never invited or allowed to participate in any such international meetings unless it is a member and China does its best to keep Taiwan out of as many groups as possible. That’s just the way it is.
Fortunately, Taiwan is a member of a small handful of international groups, most (or all) of which base membership not on status as a country but on other criteria, such as APEC, whose membership is open to “regional economies,” thereby allowing Taiwan in. Joining WTO was also a fantastic success.
But, as you surely know, Taiwan lobbies annually to join the UN, the WHO and other such organizations and is regularly refused. I believe Taiwan should focus on joining every international group possible, no matter how petty (International Toilet-Cleaning Discussion Forum, Global Nose-Pickers Support Group, etc.), just as a person who can’t get a Visa card might start out with a JC Penney card or a Wellcom card and try to work up to higher-level organizations.