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?
David Miliband, the new UK Foreign Secretary, will be giving his first major speech this Thursday (19 July 2007) at an event co-hosted by Avaaz. YouTubers around the world have the opportunity to ask Miliband a question at the event. Upload your question in the form of a video response to this video before 19 July 2007 and make your voice heard! Intro and Outro music courtesy of Hepnova
After 10 years under Tony Blair, Britain has a new government — and its new Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, promises to “listen as well as lead”. This could be a new beginning for British foreign policy — and the UK has a huge effect on the global issues we care about, climate change, global poverty, Iraq, Israel-Palestine and more.
Remarkably, impressed by our momentum, Miliband has asked Avaaz to co-host his first major speech this Thursday — and agreed to take questions and comments from all of us as Avaaz members. He promises “A New Diplomacy”, and wants to get off on the right foot by making our community – and global public opinion – his first audience. Do you have a question for the new British foreign affairs chief? A statement, piece of advice, warning or encouragement? We’ll put Avaaz members’ questions to him after his speech, and compile your words of advice into a book that he will keep in his office and consult when looking for the views of people around the world. Click below now to contribute a question or comment:
Miliband is asking himself some questions too: what Britain’s foreign priorities should be, how to be more multilateral. It’s fine to be challenging (you might want to ask what he’ll do about one of our campaigns!) but please keep it appropriate and respectful. We’re also hoping that some Avaaz members will submit their questions via video – it would be particularly powerful for our members from the Middle East, Asia or Africa to ask questions by video. (Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for help if you need it.) And a webcast of the whole event will be on the site after Thursday.
The best time to influence a government is in its first few days in power. We’ll judge David Miliband by his actions — and take nothing for granted. But if we are to make the views and values of the world’s people shape global decisions, we need to engage openly and honestly with the people who decide. This is a great opportunity for our community to do just that.
So let’s test the waters — and give this Foreign Secretary some food for thought
I just took the Political Compass Questionnaire at PoliticalCompass.org. My results are below – just as I expected, I’m a pinko leftie. 😉 Where do you fall on the compass? By the way, what does the abstract art question, “Abstract art that doesn’t represent anything shouldn’t be considered art at all.” have anything to do with politics anyway?
Economic Left/Right: -8.63 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.10