Because I am a US citizen of European descent, voting on Taiwan’s relationship with the PRC is better left to Chinese from Taiwan.
I have a question, however, which is: “What greater priority has the ROC’s government than the security of the people it governs?”
The clear answer seems, “Nothing!”
Assuming that is correct, what has the ROC government done to make Taiwan known to the average citizen in the world’s other democracies?"
The answer is “Nothing effective.”
That is scarey, because if the PRC bombs or invades Taiwan it will be too late for the world’s democracies to do anything to help Taiwan. Once damage is done, nothing can undo it.
There would be hope, however, if the world’s other democracies could make an outcry before damage was done. They would make an outcry only if their politicians received pressure from voters. Politicians will receive pressure from voters only if voters know what Taiwan, Taiwan’s history, and location are. The average voter in the world’s other democracies knows none of those things, so little is likely to happen UNTIL AFTER any damage is done.
After the damage is done, everybody in the world will know Taiwan, but too late.
If security of the governed should be the first priority of ROC’s politicians, what on earth are they thinking about? Why does ROC not conduct a vigorous information campaign explaining to other democracies what Taiwan is, where it is, its history, and what Taiwan has done for the world (including the PRC)? That is the ROC’s protection, but if the average voter in the free world knows nothing about Taiwan, Taiwan can be destroyed before anyone outside ROC or PRC knows about it.
What does the PRC do? Nearly weekly its smiling well-dressed leaders visit other contries, where they capture headlines or prime time TV coverage. They come across as reasonable men, increasing chances that other countries will view any future acts against Taiwan as not unreasonable.
When the PRC passes its anti-secession law tomorrow, as it surely will, that law will justify in the minds of the PRC’s rulers any actions they take against Taiwan. By pointing to their law they will tie law-driven countries up in endless debates about legal niceties.
Finally after exhausting debates on legal niceties their politicians will turn to something else.
ROC politicians get front-page coverage in Taiwan lifting a glass with the head of a foreign information office. That does no good outside Taiwan.
Those foreign information offices are not on Taiwan to represent Taiwan to the world. They are on Taiwan as unofficial representatives of their governments and of their governments’ citizens on Taiwan.
Is anyone else on Taiwan concerned about this situation?
/s/ Max Roberts