On January 11, hotel giant Marriott International Inc. was ordered by Chinese authorities to shut down its website to Chinese residents after circulating an online guest survey that listed Taiwan as a country separate from China. FAPA wrote to Marriott International Inc. urging them not to succumb to China’s bullying but maintain the incontestable reality that Taiwan is a country separate from China. However, regrettably, Marriott caved in to Chinese pressure within 24 hours…
今日稍早，美國飯店界巨擘萬豪國際集團(Marriott International Inc.)因為傳播一份將台灣列為(非中國的) 國家的客戶線上調查， 而被中國相關當局勒令關閉其接觸中國居民的網站。
台灣人公共事務會已經去信向萬豪國際集團呼籲， 切勿屈服於中國的欺凌，並希望該集團能夠認知到無可爭辯的現實— 台灣是一個與中國不同的國家。
January 11, 2018
J.W. Marriott, Jr.,
and Chairman of the Board
7750 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Dear Mr. Marriott:
As the President of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA-www.fapa.org), a national grassroots organization that promotes freedom, democracy and human rights for the people of Taiwan, I write to you today about an issue of concern to the members of our organization.
It has come to our attention that Chinese authorities ordered your esteemed company to shut down its website on January 11, 2018, because your online survey listed Taiwan as a country separate from China.
China’s bullying has –again- outraged my fellow Taiwanese Americans in general and the members of our organization in particular. I therefore implore upon you not to succumb to this bullying by China and to China’s irrational actions, but maintain the incontestable reality that Taiwan is a country separate from China.
Even though China claims Taiwan as a province, it is not. Taiwan fulfills all conditions for statehood as laid down in the Montevideo Conference of 1933: a territory, a population, and a government that has the capability to enter into relations with other countries.
Furthermore, Taiwan has its own democratically elected president, government, military, banking system, stock exchange, etc.
If one plans to travel to China, one cannot apply for a visa to China at the Taiwanese embassy/consulate. If one travels to Taiwan, one cannot apply for a visa to Taiwan at the Chinese embassy/consulate. These are simply two separate countries.
We refer you to the actions by other companies, including but not limited to Costco, Delta Airlines, and others which acknowledged the status of Taiwan and changed their term usage from “Taiwan, Province of China” to “Taiwan.”
We respectfully urge and ask that Marriott not succumb to Chinese pressure and continue referring on its website to Taiwan and China as two separate countries.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
PETER CHEN. President
for Public Affairs