Washington Times AD: Taiwan Is No Bargaining Chip/The One China Policy Is Obsolete

On December 16, 2016, the Washington Times ran a full color full page advertisement in response to the events that took place after the December 2 phone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen.

In bold red fonts the ad first establishes that “Taiwan is not part of China. Taiwan is no bargaining chip. Self-determination is not negotiable. The One China Policy is obsolete.”

It continues: “Taiwanese Americans express their appreciation to President-elect Donald Trump for his ground-breaking telephone call with the democratically elected president of Taiwan, Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, who congratulated Mr. Trump with his election victory.”

The ad then lauds Taiwan’s democratic accomplishments and the long-time close relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan:

“For more than 50 years, Taiwan has been one of the United States staunchest allies…. Taiwan is the United States’ 9th largest trading partner…Taiwan is the world’s 22nd largest economy…Taiwan is eager to contribute to international organizations such as the UN, the WHO etc…Taiwan is a critical strategic asset (an “Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier”) to the United States…Taiwan democratically elects its own President and Legislature every four years.”

The ad then states why, despite these accomplishments, Taiwan continues to be treated like a pariah in and by the international community. For instance:

“High-level officials from Taiwan are not allowed to come to Washington DC. … Taiwan is not a member of any international organization that requires statehood… Taiwanese citizens are banned from entering UN headquarters in New York… The U.S. has diplomatic relations with all the countries in the world except for North Korea, Iran, Bhutan, and Taiwan. Taiwan clearly does not belong in that small group of insular and isolated nations… Although the U.S. regards Taiwan’s international status as undetermined, its “One China Policy” is all too often misinterpreted to imply that Taiwan is part of China. This constrains Taiwan’s ability to fully participate in world affairs.”

The ad concludes that “America’s Taiwan policy is unsustainable.” And adds: “We urge President-elect Trump to continue to develop a U.S. policy that provides more dignity and respect for the leaders and people of Taiwan and further strengthen the ties between the two democratic nations.”

FAPA President Peter Chen states: “Taiwanese Americans are encouraged by the groundbreaking Trump-Tsai phone call. So we want to make sure that the new Administration continues on this road of unlimited promise. Taiwan has been used as a pawn by great powers for far too long. The time is now that the U.S. and the world look at Taiwan on its own merits, not as a bargaining chip.”

Peter Chen adds: “Now that President-elect Trump has started a discussion about Taiwan, we chose the Washington Times for this ad for we especially seek to reach policy makers in the U.S. Congress and in the Administration urging them to see the Trump-Tsai phone call as a stepping stone towards building a U.S. policy that provides more dignity and respect for Taiwan and its people.”

Peter Chen concludes: “Let me conclude by thanking the North American Taiwanese Professors Association (NATPA), the World United Formosans for Independence (WUFI), and other Taiwanese American organizations, and individual Taiwanese Americans for their contributions to facilitate placement of this ad.”














North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association
World United Formosans for Independence – USA
FAPA- Wisconsin Chapter

Individual Donors (Last name alphabetical order)

Nai Cheng, Minze Chien, Fay Chou, Frank Hsiao, Chung-Liang Huang, Jong-Ho Jean, Gary Lai, Ching-Cherng Lee, Elizabeth Tsai, Hsiu-Cheng Wang, Nicholas Wu, Chun-Kuan Yang

Pledges received from the following Taiwanese American Organizations:

Taiwanese Association of America – Colorado Chapter
North America Taiwanese Women’s Association
North America Taiwanese Medical Association
Taiwan Hakka Association for Public Affairs in North America

(December 16, 2016) Washington Times AD: Taiwan Is No Bargaining Chip/The One China Policy Is Obsolete / 華盛頓時報廣告:台灣並非喊價的籌碼/一中政策已經過時
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