- - Monday, June 13, 2016


Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s decision to block former President Ma Ying-jeou from visiting Hong Kong flies in the face of the values of human rights, and has raised concerns about democracy and freedom in Taiwan.

Mr. Ma kept Taiwan’s cross-strait relations balanced. He facilitated constructive dialogue with mainland China that effectively secured U.S. interests in Asia. By banning Mr. Ma from attending an award-presentation dinner of the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), Mr. Tsai has seriously damaged the core value of Taiwan’s democracy and increased tensions.

Taiwan was called the “lighthouse of freedom in the Pacific” in past decades and inspired people in mainland China to pursue democracy for the betterment of human rights. Taiwan should be considered a partner of the United States.


Former president, Taiwan Benevolent Association of America (TBAA)

San Gabriel, Calif.

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