is not China' Needs to be Made Clear
August 28, 2000 Taipei Times
President Chen Shui-bian's intercontinental trip to Central
America and Africa for "democratic diplomacy and friendship",
the Dominican Republic was the first country he visited.
On August 15, Chen, along with a large delegation from Taiwan,
attended the inauguration of the president of the Dominican
Republic and was given the seat of honor among the guests.
on the name tags for Taiwan delegates, "China Delegate"
was used. According to our embassy in the Dominican Republic,
this was not a mistake; the Dominicans subscribe to a "one
China" principle that there is only one China -- the
Republic of China. Such an explanation smacks of weak self
justification. When talking about "China," the
whole international community, as well as the international
media, take this to mean the People's Republic of China.
Using this phrase to refer to Taiwan is misleading at best,
perhaps even dishonest. nevertheless it is something that
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has fostered.
called a "China Delegate" clearly shows the harm
to Taiwan done by the myth of "one China", which
could mislead the international community to believe that
Taiwan acknowledges that it is currently a part of the PRC.
It might also make it more difficult for Taiwan to play
a larger international role.
suggest that the new government should use the name "Taiwan"
more frequently when promoting its diplomatic affairs. "Made
in Taiwan" (MIT) is already a sound slogan which represents
high quality. To build Taiwan's international image, we
need to stress the name "Taiwan."
of the government's policy of "one China with respective
interpretations" -- adopted slavishly from the failed
foreign policy of its predecessor -- the term "China"
is understood worldwide to mean the People's Republic of
China, not the Republic of China. Taiwan should not be a
political entity either nameless or with a plainly misleading
is the motherland in which we live. We should cherish this
land and make it shine by using the name "Taiwan"
Lung-chu is the Chairman of the Chen Lung-chu New Century