Wednesday, 31 October 2007 9:53 PM

Taiwan, China and the Pacific

I find it strange to read that Pacific Island leaders are emphasizing the need for member countries to support human rights in this weeks meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. Except for Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and few others who support Taiwan's quest for recognition by the UN (members) as a democratic sovereign country separate from communist China.

Most of the 11 Pacific Island countries including Australia and NZ are supporting China. One has to understand that China is a major violator of Human rights and the core principles of democracy are not in the interest of China.

Don't know what small island countries like Solomon Islands or coral atolls like Kiribati, Cook Islands, Marshal Islands or Nauru will get from mainland China apart from the fact that they are threatening the world with pollution. They are the major contributors to pollution which contributes to global warming.

Simple message is, stop preaching democracy when you support China as a violator of human rights.

Taiwan has provided financial and technical support for a total of 120 allies in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific including Solomon Islands. Taiwan believes and upholds the principles of democracy and the rule of law. It provides funding to support human and economic development to its allies to improve the livelihood of people in rural areas. And to support China as a possible export destination and ally would be hypocritical and unethical.

May I call on the Pacific Island countries to be mindful of being fooled by US policy. We Pacific Islands need a more appropriate and meaningful diplomatic policy approach than being prisoners of others policy/political gain.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this letter/article are those of George Kosui and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solomon Times Online.

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