FAPA PRESIDENT URGES COSTCO TO HOLD THE LINE IN LIGHT OF RECENT CHINESE BULLYING OF FOREIGN COMPANIES

 

In a letter dated June 8, 2018, FAPA President Mike Kuo urges COSTCO to “hold the line” in light of recent Chinese bullying of foreign companies.

Dr. Kuo writes: “We are grateful that COSTCO moved Taiwan from the province options to the country options in its online job application section of the COSTCO website upon our request in April 2016. In a letter dated April 4, 2016, you wrote us: “The oversight will be corrected….As you probably know, we have retail locations in Taiwan and very much consider it a country…”

Dr. Kuo adds: “We are thankful for this clear affirmation by COSTCO of the reality that Taiwan IS a country.”

After explaining why Taiwan IS a country, Dr. Kuo concludes: “China’s bullying of international companies is “Orwellian nonsense” indeed, where a politically closed system deploys its economic weight in the global free market to compel democratic countries to renounce their ideals of free expression and support for other democratic countries. I therefore urge COSTCO to continue present reality and logic in response to China’s irrational and unfounded claims over Taiwan.”

 

有鑒於近來中國霸凌國際企業 台灣人公共事務會會長呼籲好市多堅持原則

2018年6月8日,台灣人公共事務會會長郭正光博士致函好市多公司在面臨中國霸凌時堅守原則。

郭正光博士在信中寫道:「我們非常感謝好市多公司之前經本會於2016年4月反應後,將徵才網頁上台灣的選項由省份改列為國家。在貴公司2016年4月4日回覆本會的信上,您寫道: 『我們將更正這個疏忽,本公司在台灣設有多個據點且認為台灣是國家……。』」

郭正光博士表示:「我們感謝好市多明確肯定台灣是個國家的事實。」

郭博士解釋為什麼台灣是國家後,在信末總結道:「中國對於國際公司的霸凌的確是一種歐威爾式的胡言亂語。政治集權的中國挾其在全球自由市場中的經濟力量,脅迫民主國家棄守言論自由的理想和對其他民主國家的支持。因此我敦促好市多公司以繼續保持現狀及邏輯回應中國對台灣無理性和無根據的主張。」

 


Mr. W. Craig Jelinek                                                                                       June 8, 2018
CEO, COSTCO
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027

Dear Mr. Jelinek:

As the president of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), a grassroots organization that promotes freedom, human rights and democracy for the people of Taiwan, I write to you today to express our gratitude and support for COSTCO and to urge COSTCO to “hold the line” in light of recent Chinese bullying of foreign companies.

We are grateful that COSTCO moved Taiwan from the province options to the country options in its online job application section on the COSTCO website upon our request in April 2016. In a letter dated April 4, 2016, you wrote us: “The oversight will be corrected….As you probably know, we have retail locations in Taiwan and very much consider it a country…”

We are thankful for this clear affirmation by COSTCO of the reality that Taiwan IS a country. After all, Taiwan fulfills all conditions for statehood as laid down in the Montevideo conference of 1933: a territory, a population, a government that exercises effective control and has the capability to enter into relations with other countries.

Furthermore, if one plans to travel to China, one cannot apply for a visa to China at the Taiwanese embassy/consulate. If one plans to travel to Taiwan, one cannot apply for a visa to Taiwan at the Chinese embassy/consulate. These are simply two separate countries.

We feel emboldened by the remarks of White House Press Secretary Huckabee Sanders on May 5, 2018 stating that “[Chinese bullying of American carriers] is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies.”

China’s bullying of international companies is “Orwellian nonsense” indeed, where a politically closed system deploys its economic weight in the global free market to compel democratic countries to renounce their ideals of free expression and support for other democratic countries.

I therefore urge COSTCO to continue present reality and logic in response to China’s irrational and unfounded claims over Taiwan.

Again, we stand by you and your esteemed company, Mr. Jelinek. Thank you for your support for Taiwan!

Cordially yours,

 

MIKE KUO, President
Formosan Association for Public Affairs

(June 8, 2018) FAPA PRESIDENT URGES COSTCO TO HOLD THE LINE IN LIGHT OF RECENT CHINESE BULLYING OF FOREIGN COMPANIES有鑒於近來中國霸凌國際企業 台灣人公共事務會會長呼籲好市多堅持原則