Taiwan’s loss of ally confirms China lacks modern values: expert

Taipei, The loss of another of Taiwan's diplomatic allies, El Salvador, to China, has confirmed that Chinese decision-makers are far from modern values of cooperation, tolerance and mutually beneficial gains, a French specialist in cross-Taiwan Strait relations said Tuesday.

The way the Chinese decision-makers deal with Taiwan and the Taiwan issue worldwide "remains entrenched in pre-Second World War values of sheer force, brutal diplomacy, territorial conquest and crude national interests," according to Stephane Corcuff, an associate researcher with the French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC).

In the latest move to squeeze Taiwan, China forced El Salvador to switch its recognition from the Republic of China (Taiwan), that began in 1933, to Beijing, prompting Taiwan to announce the termination of the relationship.

Asked by CNA for comments on the latest development, Corcuff said that when China was represented by the ROC at the United Nations, it helped with the construction of a positive international society by contributing to the drafting of the U.N. charter and to the International Declaration of Human Rights.

"Today's China is embodying the return of authoritarianism, the radical dismissal of humanism and the negation of progressive values in international society worldwide," Corcuff said in an email reply. "It is inciting a growing number of countries to do so by showing a terrible example," he said.

The ROC lost its seat at the U.N. after the body's General Assembly passed Resolution No. 2758 in 1971 that recognizes the People's Republic of China (PRC) as the only lawful representative of China to the U.N.

Since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office in May 2016, Taiwan has lost five allies -- Sao Tome and Principe, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Burkina Faso and now El Salvador -- that have been lured away by financial incentives offered by China.

Corcuff said that by taking away Taiwan's diplomatic allies, "China will only further alienate Taiwan's population."

"China understands only force. It is not only in great opposition to the values that founded the world system after WW2, but also to its own traditional philosophical and cultural system of wisdom, from which the whole world could benefit," he said.

"Alas, China is the number one country to reject them and, in place, sends terrible signs in terms of its political values and international views."

"We still hope that China one day will be free from tyranny, terminate these policies and come to terms with Taiwan on a mutually beneficial basis," Corcuff said.

Separately, a government source said Tuesday that Tsai has tried to send a message to China in her response to Taiwan's loss of El Salvador as an ally that in the modern world that embraces democracy, "diplomacy should not be a zero sum game."

In Tsai's response, she said China setting a precondition that diplomatic allies of Taiwan must sever ties with Taiwan before they can establish diplomatic relations with China is tantamount to "infringement on our sovereignty."

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel