APEC 2014 Beijing
Taiwan is the China we wish China would be: Democratic, respectful of intellectual property rights; respectful of human rights. Yet year after year, Taiwan has had to endure the indignity
of being referred to as "Chinese Taipei" at the APEC meetings.
Let's face it. No one (except for the Government of the People's Republic of China) truly believes that Taiwan is part of China. David Yung-lo Lin, the head of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it best in 2007: "China is like a person who sees a rainbow on the horizon and then claims it for himself".
In the past, Taiwan's president has not been able to attend the APEC Leaders' Meeting and has had to choose a representative to attend on his behalf. It's time to let Taiwan be Taiwan and invite President Ma Ying-jeou to fully participate in APEC 2014 in Beijing. Perhaps he can give Chinese President Xi Jinping some much-needed advice.
There are 21 APEC member economies: Australia: Prime Minister Tony Abbott; Brunei: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; Canada: Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Chile: President Sebastián Piñera; China: President Xi Jinping; Hong Kong: Chief Executive CY Leung; Indonesia: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Malaysia: Prime Minister Najib Razak; Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto; New Zealand: Prime Minister John Key; Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister Peter O'Neill; Peru: President Ollanta Humala; Philippines: President Benigno Aquino III; Russia: President Vladimir Putin; Singapore: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong; South Korea: President Park Geun-hye; Thailand: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra; Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou; Vietnam: President Truong Tan Sang; and the United States: President Barack Obama.