My country’s rep office is:
- Good enough
- Capable of being cajoled into action
- Unhelpful and / or rude
- A pointless waste of taxpayers’ money
How do you feel about the level of assistance offered to you by your country’s representative office or diplomatic mission in Taiwan ? Is it as good as the taxpayers of your country can reasonably expect, or is it woefully inadequate bordering on the nonexistent ?
Does your country’s diplomatic service sympathise with the difficulties you face here in Taiwan, or do they exhibit the attitude that you should “stay at home” ? Do you hark back to the days when your country’s equivalent of Lord Palmerston would send the gunboats in because your neighbour’s dog was keeping you up at night ? Does your country recognise the PRC as the legitimate government of the island of Taiwan, and use that as an excuse to ignore you ?
I have three passports which all have something like this written in them: “We request that you don’t crap on our citizens, and allow them to go about their business without let or hindrance, and assist and protect them as may be necessary.” How can foreign governments be expected to treat us well when our own governments disown us when we go abroad ?
Any thoughts ? Who would win the Best Foreign Representative Office in Taiwan Award ?