According to DPP Legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女), President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has been silent on the Tibetan self-immolations and China’s suppression of the region since taking office in 2009, although she said Ma had earlier spoken out in public about the issue during his 2008 presidential election campaign.
Since China is adept at propaganda and appears to be controlling the media conversation worldwide, the 107 suicides in Tibet have had very little impact on those Western powers doing “business” with China.
Is that the West’s response this time? What a difference 50 years can make.
Outside of Tibet and in the Tibetan protest community worldwide, the hundreds of self-immolation acts seem hardly to have registered in Washington or London — or Tokyo or Taipei. Have these suicides been in vain?
Dan Bloom is a freelance writer in Taiwan.