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In the Battle for Taiwan, China’s Winning

Taiwan Civil Government’s pro-America stance lands leaders in prison; UN must take action. 

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the wars of the 21st Century are being fought and won though the use of soft power and not military might. Cyber-attacks, social media, fake news, stealing intellectual property and human capital, investment, and political meddling are being employed with far greater frequency and success than bombing raids and special forces attacks. There’s no better example than this fact than the battle over Taiwan.

Since 1979 when the US opened relations with China and instituted the “One China” policy and the policy of “strategic ambiguity,” the Taiwanese have lingered in political purgatory as two of the world’s superpowers have largely been at stalemate. China has always stated that Taiwan is part of its territory, while the United States has not claimed Taiwan as its own, but has propped it up militarily and economically, and pledged to defend it against attacks with the passage of the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.

The United Nation’s, meeting this week, has sided with China on this matter, first expelling Taiwan, an original member, and then excluding it even from observer status or from participating in sub groups like the World Health Organization. It is worth noting that even the Palestinian Liberation Organization, branded as a terrorist group in the past, has UN observer status. Taiwan marches under the banner of China Taipei in the Olympics without a word from the global community.

Recently, China has raised the stakes in the battle for Taiwan. Several months ago, the GAP released a tee shirt with the map of China on it, without including Taiwan. China lashed out and forced the GAP to remove the shirt from the market and reprint it. And, more egregious, China just forced the world’s major airlines to not refer to Taiwan in their travel schedules but rather, refer to its capital as Taipei, China. The Trump Administration called this demand “Orwellian nonsense,” but over 40 carriers obeyed the order with only American, Delta, United and Hawaiian airlines missing the China imposed deadline. China has also used carrots and sticks to force the few countries who have recognized Taiwan to cease doing so, including Panama and the Dominican Republic. China allegedly offered the DR $3.1 billion in loans and investments to switch allegiance from Taiwan to China.

China continues to drain Taiwan of its young talent, providing high paying jobs on the mainland, while interjecting propaganda into social media channels. China also invests heavily in Taiwan, literally buying up the country, which boasts the 11th largest economy in the world.

The US government has battled back in kind, notably opening a new $250 American Institute of Taiwan facility in June – the AIT is the quasi US embassy in Taiwan. There is also talk of stationing Marines at the facility as soon as September, putting US military personnel on the ground in Taiwan for the first time in decades. The US also passed the Taiwan Travel Act this spring facilitating travel between senior leaders of the two countries, and authorized $1.4 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.

It is hard to tell politically on the ground in Taiwan where allegiances lie. There is one group, however, the Taiwan Civil Government (TCG) that has made its position clear over the last 10 years. The TCG believes that after the defeat of the Japanese in World War II and under the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1952, the United States has legal claim to Taiwan and is the “principal occupying power.” They would like to see the US regain control of Taiwan as a bridge to the Taiwanese people determining their own future and independence.

This pro-US stance has landed the leader of the TCG, Dr. Roger Lin and his wife Julian Lin in prison. Despite over a decade of very public and peaceful protest, two lawsuits in the United States, and a robust global public relations effort, the Republic of China government have accused the Lin’s of fraud. The Lin’s have been held incommunicado and without bail for four months now awaiting a trial by a judge.

As the Taiwanese people have been denied their human rights under the UN’s own declarations, the Lin’s are being denied their right to free speech and legal rights we would deem fair in the US. In the wake of China’s efforts to suppress the references used towards Taiwan by global corporate entities and pressuring other countries to no longer formally recognize Taiwan, it is no surprise that the Lin’s pro-US position is now being cloistered as well.

The United Nation’s needs to look long and hard at the Lin’s case and the soft power take-over of Taiwan currently under way by China. If the UN and corporations want to capitulate to China over this issue, that is one thing, but allowing individuals to languish in jail over expressing a legitimate political belief and desire for self-determination and independence is another. That undermines the very foundation of the United Nations.

-Written by Neil Hare, President and CEO of Global Vision Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations and marketing firm.

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