Protesters hold a demonstration urging US President George W. Bush to cancel his plans to attend the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing because of the situation in Tibet during a protest at Lafayette Park across the street from the White House in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2008. (c) 2008 SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Hi, my name is Lee-Sean and I am from Taiwan, one of the most robust democracies in Asia, and a major trade partner with the European Union and the United States. However, due to diplomatic bullying and intimidation on the part of the People’s Republic of China, only a handful of countries have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and the more than 22 million people in Taiwan no longer have a voice in international organizations like the UN or the World Health Organization.
Why doesn’t the UK have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan and treat Taiwan as an independent country? And why not urge the Chinese government in Beijing to plan peace talks with Taiwan, just as the London government has done on the issue of Northern Ireland and in other conflict zones in the world?
Video slide show of Avaaz.org’s G8+5 Climate March in Rostock, Germany.
The background music is an instrumental piece by Hepnova. The inspiration for the piece came from my travels in the Nordic countries. In the piece, I attempt to evoke the awesome powers of nature, as well as the fragile balance of the polar regions.
Taiwan has been excluded from the United Nations and its related organizations since 1971. Since then Taiwan has neither been privy to the health related work of the World Health Organization (WHO) especially regarding the spread of infectious diseases.
“The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”So reads Article 1 of the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO). Article 2 stipulates that the function of the WHO, in general, is “to take all necessary action to attain the objective of the Organization.” And Article 3 states, “Membership in the Organization shall be open to all States.”
Taiwan’s participation in the WHO is being blocked by China. China’s political meddling is potentially dangerous to the 23 million people who live on the democratic island of Taiwan. Once again, China has gone too far!