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A more resolute attitude toward international participation on Taiwan’s part would also ensure that the protective umbrella the nation enjoys under the Taiwan Relation Act of 1979 is not taken away.

Without a voice in the international arena, without the support and understanding of its friends and allies, Taiwan will eventually fall from the world stage and be relegated to a Chinese domestic issue to be dealt with as Beijing sees fit.

It is imperative that Taiwanese, united by their common concern and love for their country — as demonstrated through various recent ground-breaking civic movements — endeavor to build a civil society that builds on the transition to democracy that was achieved only 25 years ago and that can join the international family of nations as a full, equal member.

Charlie Liao

Washington

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