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Above: Mrs. Julian Lin and Nigel Farage in Washington, DC during the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. Left: Dr. Roger Lin and Mrs. Julian Lin.

TAIWAN HAS TWO POLITICAL PARTIES AND REGULAR ELECTIONS BUT THE TCG DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THESE PARTIES OR THE ROC GOVERNMENT AS LEGITIMATE. THE ROC IS A CHINESE GOVERNMENT IN EXILE AND DOES NOT REPRESENT TAIWAN, AND TAIWAN IS NOT THE ROC IN EXILE. › of Taiwan, the U.S. installed Chiang Kai-Sheck as the Administrator of Taiwan, who ran the island nation for the next 25 years under U.S. protection. U.S. policy towards Taiwan shifted under President Richard Nixon with the opening of China in 1972. It was during that time that, President Nixon accepted the “One China” policy, essentially agreeing to not officially recognize Taiwan as an independent sovereign nation. In 1979, the Taiwan Relations Act removed the assurance of US military support in case of attack, but did provide for robust arms sales. This new relationship, upholding the “One China” Policy while still supporting and maintaining relations with Taiwan, became known as the policy of “strategic ambiguity.” Taiwan has two political parties and regular elections but the TCG does not recognize 54 ❙

these parties or the ROC government as legitimate. The ROC is a Chinese government in exile and does not represent Taiwan, and Taiwan is not the ROC in exile. Neither the United Nations, nor most countries recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty. A Taiwanese passport is not widely accepted, and when Taiwan participates in the Olympics, they must do so under the banner of Chinese Taipei rather than their own nation’s flag. The TCG asserts it is time for the U.S. to remove the policy of strategic ambiguity and take a more active role in letting the people of Taiwan determine their future. TCG argues that under international law everyone has the right to a nationality, can’t be arbitrarily deprived of their nationality nor denied the right to change it. The post WWII world order is shifting,

but the import of freedom, independence and human rights that was won at great cost must be upheld. In this case, that means self-determination for the people of Taiwan. The time for change is now. ■ Editor’s Note: This material is distributed by Global Vision Communications on behalf of the Taiwan Civil Government. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC.

Neil Hare is President and CEO of Global Visions Communication, a Washington, DC-based PR and Marketing Agency. He is a writer, creative think tank and an expert on communications and business strategy.

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