Viewers around the world were wowed by the creative spectacle of Friday's opening ceremony for the Asian Games in Doha.
As the audience applauded the entrance of delegates from 45 Asian nations and regions into the stadium, many Taiwanese viewers couldn't help but feel frustrated when they saw the delegation from Taiwan marching under the absurd "Chinese Taipei" banner.
This is what Taiwanese athletes are faced with, unlike other participants who are able to compete in the name of their country with pride and honor.
While sportsmanship and fair play have always been promoted in the sporting world, time and time again the nation's athletes are not afforded the same respect and dignity other participants expect when they take part in international events.
"Chinese Taipei" is a meaningless moniker. Taiwan is a sovereign state with its own government, elections, currency and territory. Taiwan negotiates its own treaties and has its own president.
Canada does not compete in international athletic competitions as "Canadian Ottawa," just as the Japanese would find it ridiculous to compete as "Japanese Tokyo." Taiwan should be no different.
It is unfair to force the nation's 399 athletes -- the fourth-largest Asian Games delegation after China, Japan and South Korea -- to compete under such a meaningless name when they work just as hard as their counterparts from other countries.
It is disheartening to see the oblivious response of the international community to the obvious unfairness of this situation, especially when it has arisen just to placate the nation's lunatic neighbor across the Taiwan Strait.
It is even more frustrating to witness the government utter failure to make progress on this issue even though it has spent a fortune on public relations firms and commercials to back the nation's bids to participate in the UN and the WHO.
The bottom line is that the DPP has done very little to highlight the nation's plight on an international stage such as that provided by the Asian Games, in effect choosing to lamely accept the ridiculous convention of "Chinese Taipei."
It is true that Taiwan signed a memorandum of understanding in 1991 to compete in the Olympic Games and other international sporting events as "Chinese Taipei." Nevertheless, despite China's bullying and the indifference of the hypocritical international community, Taiwan should not succumb to such an outrage without making its stance known.
For those who are logical and reasonable, this comes down to an issue of respect: Taiwan won't be respected by other nations if it doesn't respect itself.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Election Study Center at National Chengchi University, the percentage of respondents who considered themselves "Taiwanese" increased from 56 percent last year to 60 percent this year.
In view of this trend, the government needs to vigorously assert the nation's name -- Taiwan -- in every instance. Failing to do so only further diminishes the nation's international status and serves to give an air of legitimacy to China's disgusting pressure.
The government has the responsibility of increasing the nation's visibility on the international stage. This is why it is important for the government to use its voice to let the world know that the nation's athletes compete for Taiwan, not "Chinese Taipei."
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, was “amazed” and “enthralled” by Chinese who rise at 3am for work. He praised it as a manifestation of talent and a good work ethic. Truthfully, that praise and statement about China, no matter its motivation, is nothing more than a round of applause for the atrocities inflicted by dictators and the spiritual anesthesia of their victims. “There’s just a lot of super-talented, hard-working people in China that strongly believe in manufacturing,” Musk said in an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday. “And they won’t just be burning the midnight oil, they’ll be
“There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it,” US President Joe Biden said after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upended global geopolitics. Far from Earth, that transition is already happening. Just like in the era of Sputnik and Apollo more than half a century ago, world leaders are again racing to achieve dominance in outer space — but there is one big difference: Whereas the US and the Soviet Union hashed out a common set of rules at the UN, this time around the world’s top superpowers cannot even agree on basic principles to govern
With a Taiwan contingency increasingly more plausible, Taiwanese lobbies in Japan are calling for the government to pass a version of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), emulating the US precedent. Such a measure would surely enable Tokyo to make formal and regular contact with Taipei for dialogue, consultation, policy coordination and planning in military security. This would fill the missing link of the trilateral US-Japan-Taiwan security ties, rendering a US military defense of Taiwan more feasible through the support of the US-Japan alliance. Yet, particular caution should be exercised, as Beijing would probably view the move as a serious challenge to
As the Soviet Union was collapsing in the late 1980s and Russia seemed to be starting the process of democratization, 36-year-old US academic Francis Fukuyama had the audacity to assert that the world was at the “end of history.” Fukuyama claimed that democratic systems would become the norm, and peace would prevail the world over. He published a grandiose essay, “The End of History?” in the summer 1989 edition of the journal National Interest. Overnight, Fukuyama became a famous theorist in the US, western Europe, Japan and even Taiwan. Did the collapse of the Soviet Union mark the end of an era as