CHENNAI, India, 21 May 2020
The Chinese government considers as a number-one enemy, any country that recognizes Taiwan as a sovereign nation. Similarly, if any one country would demand that Tibet should be recognized as a sovereign nation, China would protest very strongly. As a matter of fact, China holds a vice-like grip over Tibet, and does not permit any foreigners to visit Tibet to see the conditions for themselves.
The ambition of China to annex Taiwan and to firmly hold on to its occupation of Tibet is definite proof of China’s expansionist plans.
There seems to be lot of similarity between the behavior of the present Chinese government and Hitler’s Germany before World War II. The present Chinese government and Hitler’s Germany have something in common, in their ambitious goal of dominating the rest of the world at any cost, with least concern for ethical or moral principles, or for fairness in dealing with other countries.
Just as many countries in the world are now trying to appease China, then British Prime Minister Chamberlain too visited Germany to appease Hitler before World War II. Churchill called the bluff of Hitler, which is a matter of history.
So far China could not annex Taiwan, since Taiwan is heavily protected by the US government and China knows that any move to annex Taiwan would lead to a war with the US.
On the other hand, China was emboldened to attack Tibet and aggressively occupy the region, and violently suppress Tibetan protesters, since the interests of Tibet were not supported or protected in a meaningful way by any country in the world. China continues to occupy Tibet and the world conscience remains suppressed as various governments want to appease China and keep it in good humour to protect their trade and business interests with China.
China now claims Arunachal Pradesh in India as part of China. It continues to occupy thousands of kilometres of Indian territory which it annexed during the 1962 Indo-China war. China now claims ownership of islands in the South China Sea and Senkaku island, and is adopting aggressive postures in spite of protests from Japan, Phillipines, Vietnam, and other countries.
So far, China has not been effectively challenged by any country in the world for its aggressive occupation of Tibet, and claims Indian territory and islands in the South China Sea as well as its claim on Taiwan.
Because of the non-caring attitude of most countries in the world, China is emboldened to carry on with its adventures to expand its territory and areas of influence.
While the voice of Tibetans is not being heard loudly around the world, there are countries which do speak in support of Taiwan occasionally.
Taiwan has revealed to the world information about the Chinese virus sufficiently earlier, but WHO ignored Taiwan’s warning, as Taiwan is not a member of WHO. Now, calls for including Taiwan as a member of WHO are being increasingly heard.
Neither Taiwan nor Tibet is a member of the United Nations Organisation (UNO), obviously implying that UNO does not recognize these regions as sovereign countries.
The claims of China on Taiwan, Tibet, and other regions indicate the mindset of the Chinese government and certainly represent a threat for stability in the world in the long run. With the free rein that China already has, it is likely that China may make claims on other countries too in the coming days. The world has to prevent this.
Taiwan and Tibet are two test cases of China’s unjustified territorial claims with little resistance from the rest of the world.
It is necessary that Taiwan and Tibet should be recognized as sovereign countries, which is a necessary step to curtail and defeat China’s expansionist ambitions.
The United Nations Organisation, in its present structure and functioning style, is not in a position to do justice for Taiwan and Tibet.
Today, there is increasing suspicion in the world about China’s methodologies and practices. The fact that China concealed the information about the Wuhan virus and did not forewarn the world at the right time indicates that China could exhibit irresponsible behavior. Today, the havoc that is happening in the world due to the COVID-19 crisis is directly attributed to China’s indifferent attitude towards the welfare of the world community.
Certainly, nobody should think or say that China should be destabilized. But certainly, the growing thought is that China should be prevented from destabilizing the world, and its aggressive methods of occupying other countries should be resisted.
The starting point to initiate such world-wide resistance to China’s territorial expansion plans is to recognize Taiwan and Tibet as independent and sovereign countries. This will show China its place.
About the author
NS Venkataraman is a chemical engineer as well as a social activist in Chennai, India. He is the founder trustee of Nandini Voice for the Deprived, a Chennai-based not-for-profit organisation serving the cause of the deprived and down-trodden, and working for probity in public life.
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