Joseph Wu: "Taiwan is not part of popular China"

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The relationship with Beijing, Taiwan's place in international organizations: Joseph Wu explains why the independence movement is to be taken seriously.

Beijing's aggressive policy against Taiwan does it not risk strengthening the independence current on the island?

The Taiwanese government is under double pressure. That of Beijing, which is constantly destroying the signs of its sovereignty, and that of some of the citizens who want to cut the link between Taiwan and mainland China. We must therefore find the most responsible form of dialogue that remains for us, that defined by President Tsai Ing-wen: the maintenance of the status quo, which means neither reunification nor independence, in order to maintain the peace and stability of the two countries. sides of the Strait. Many polls show that reunification is not an option even though there is a small number of people here to think the opposite. At the same time, if we look at the reality, Taiwan appears de facto as an independent state: we have a democratically elected president, a parliament, a currency, an army and we issue passports and visas. In international organizations, China has repeatedly exclude Taiwan on the grounds that the island is an element of Chinese territory. It does not mean anything. Taiwan is not part of China.

What support can you count on to make your voice heard at the UN?

We only have 17 states in Latin America and the Pacific with which we have diplomatic relations. I observe that, in the past years, the United States, some Europeans, Australia, Japan, Canada have really supported Taiwan whenever its international representation was at stake. Look what's happening at WHO . Many of these countries believe that Taiwan's participation is necessary. We need more support yet. That all countries defending democratic values ​​are mobilized. However, the reality is that for the second year in a row, Taiwan has not been invited to the WHO General Assembly. This is morally unfair.

What impact do you fear from the trade war between the United States and China?

As the United States puts its sanctions in place, we are scrutinizing the areas where our interests are threatened, but so far the impact remains weak. Only a few points are problematic, such as steel and aluminum. In the medium term, if the climate were to harden between the two giants, the effects will certainly be more marked. I observe that some US investors in China are considering relocating their activities. Some think of the United States but also of other countries of Southeast Asia. The Taiwanese do the same calculation, except that some are planning to withdraw to Taiwan. We are watching all this with great attention and we are preparing to welcome them.

Michel De Grandi