When I was a guest worker in Taiwan in the late 90’s, I came to know that Taiwan is a diverse culture and the people are fully aware that their country is an independent nation who is not in any way attached to the mainland China. Because of my curiosity and interest to know about my host country’s history and its people, I started to mingle with the locals both the ethnic Chinese and the aborigines.
Their understanding of what their country has become is clearly defined in their discourse that they are united in every aspect concerning their country’s independence. Moreover, the locals are not really supportive of their leader, who came from the mainland particularly the Kuomintang people who imposed military rule for how many decades. Surprisingly, some of the locals who I talked with were even appreciative of what the Japanese have done to their country.
According to them, almost 90,000 people were killed when the Kuomintang ruler, under the leadership of Dr. Chiang Kai-shek curtailed their freedom. In contrast, as the locals attested, their Japanese master committed lesser infraction from the time the Japanese ruled Taiwan. Thus, as Taiwan started to recover from the past, many nations offered diplomatic ties and Taiwan became a member of the United Nations.
But in 1971, Taiwan was expelled from the United Nations because its diplomatic allies started to shift their attention to China and relegating Taiwan to the sideline. Unperturbed, Taiwan never flinched in its commitment and became one of the industrialized countries in the 21st century.
Taiwan not only improved the lives of its people but one of the financial and scientific contributors to the United Nations. Taiwan’s contributions is a matter of obligation to the citizens of the world and that it is only proper that recognition should be given to Taiwan by all the nations who profess peace, prosperity, equality and freedom.