Taiwan President Tsa Ing-wen posted this:
It appears that Taiwan is working hard to improve its image and standing in the world. This is good news, and we urge the countries of the world to stand up to China’s bullying and support Taiwan.
Recently, we ran across this very interesting article by J. Michael Cole at the Taiwan Sentinel. Since 1949, when the Nationalist Party fled to Taiwan after being defeated by the communists, it has been Taiwan’s (the Republic of China’s) official policy that it is the legitimate government of all of China. In fact, that policy is enshrined in the constitution of the Republic of China. On the other hand, the CCP continues to insist that Taiwan is part of China, and does not recognize the Republic of China as the government of Taiwan. However, under the presidency of Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan has recognized the fact that the CCP controls the mainland as the People’s Republic of China.
Is there a path forward? Cole argues:
The next step, therefore, is for Taiwan to openly declare its amenability to dual recognition, an option which it could propose to the handful of states that are currently rumored to be exploring the possibility of re-establishing official ties with Taiwan. J. Michael Cole in The Taiwan Sentinel
Here, “dual recognition” would allow the government of a country to recognize both the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) and the Republic of China (Taiwan) diplomatically. Thus far, neither the PRC nor the ROC have allowed that. Especially, countries that want to maintain a diplomatic relationship with Beijing have not been allowed (by Beijing) to have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan. As Cole says,
No doubt, Beijing will continue to play the zero-sum game and vehemently deny the possibility that “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan” can co-exist, but by ceasing to play that zero-sum game, Taipei would make it clear that the impediment to a peaceful resolution to the dispute in the Taiwan Strait lies with Beijing, not Taipei. The ball, the impediment to peace, would thereby be fully in Beijing’s camp. J. Michael Cole in The Taiwan Sentinel
We agree with Cole. Taiwan should change its policies to allow dual recognition. In addition, because Taiwan has a free and open democratic government deserving of support, other democratic countries should stand up to Beijing’s intransigence and bullying and recognize Taiwan.