A petition put up on the White House Web site urging the US government to recognize Taiwan as a nation had gathered only about 20,800 signatures as of Thursday, falling short of the threshold required to receive a response from Washington on the issue.
The petition, which was put up on the Web site on Jan. 19, gathered a total of 20,834 signatures in 30 days.
According to the White House, if a petition meets the threshold — 100,000 signatures within 30 days — it would be reviewed and responded to by US President Barack Obama’s administration.
The petition was titled “Reaffirm commitments to Taiwan and work toward recognizing it as an independent and sovereign country.”
It was created by a petitioner from Florida, identified only by the initials, C.S.
The petition said the US should reaffirm its commitment to Taiwan and should stand on the side of democracy, not coercion from China.
“In 1928, the USA was the first government to recognize the Republic of China [ROC]. Now in Taiwan, the government has become a beacon of democracy and freedom in Asia,” the petition said.
It said that following Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) election as Taiwan’s first female president, as well as her party, the Democratic Progressive Party, winning a majority of the seats in the legislature, Taiwan has shown itself to be a free democracy.
However, it said: “China threatens with military exercises, bullies Taiwanese people when they display national pride and bullies the world into believing there can be only ‘one China.’”
The US should therefore work toward recognizing Taiwan as an independent and sovereign nation, it said.
Washington switched recognition from Taiwan to Beijing in 1979. The US policy toward Taiwan has since been based on the three communiques between Washington and Beijing and the Taiwan Relations Act, a law passed in 1979 by the US Congress on the conduct of unofficial ties with Taiwan.
The US petition followed another one that asked the British government and parliament to recognize Taiwan as a nation.
The petition, posted on the British parliament’s Web site, said that due to its “one China” policy, Britain does not recognize the government of the ROC and that all diplomatic relations between the two nations take place on an unofficial basis.
That one passed the threshold of at least 10,000 signatures required to receive a response from the British government.
In its response issued early this month, the British government reiterated its official position of not recognizing Taiwan as a nation, saying that the issue of Taiwan’s status should be resolved through dialogue, based on the wishes of people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
The British petition was initiated last month by Lee Chapman, a British national reportedly married to a Taiwanese woman.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” The provisional list comprises Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and the Vatican, the New York Times reported on Friday. The EU said it would add China, considered one of the “acceptable countries,” if it also opens its borders to EU travelers, the newspaper reported. Backed by