Прекратите изоляцию Тайваня

БРЮССЕЛЬ – По мере того, как продолжаются протесты по поводу подавления Китаем сопротивления в Тибете и дебаты об односторонней декларации независимости Косова, несправедливость продолжающейся международной изоляции Тайваня едва ли вызывает хотя бы вспышку интереса, несмотря на недавние Тайваньские президентские выборы и референдум о членстве в ООН. Это пренебрежение не просто является близоруким, но и может оказаться опасным.

Эти видимые двойные стандарты можно объяснить частично чувством вины: Запад по большей части принял независимость Косова, стремясь загладить свою собственную вину за то, что не предотвратили там кампанию этнической чистки Слободана Милошевича. Подобным образом, большая часть мира протестует от имени Тибета, потому что бесчисленные миллионы являются свидетелями жестокого запрещения Тибетской культуры Китаем.

Тайвань, с другой стороны, не привлекает наше внимание, потому что он является устойчивым и процветающим в экономическом отношении. Он не был под властью китайского центрального правительства более 100 лет – действительно, с тех пор как его завоевала Япония в конце девятнадцатого века – и он никогда не был частью Китайской Народной Республики. Тайвань де-факто является непризнанным независимым государством с энергичной демократией и высокими стандартами в области прав человека. Поскольку Тайвань не позволил себе стать жертвой, мир просто не чувствует своей вины по отношению к нему, и таким образом, игнорирует его.

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