Once again, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) refused to host Taiwan at its annual meeting held from October 18-21. The Interpol General Assembly held its 90th annual meeting in New Delhi, India. Some 2,000 representatives from different countries except Taiwan attended. However, Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock rejected the island’s request to participate in the meeting.

Although Taiwan was once a member of Interpol, it withdrew from the organization in 1984 when the Chinese regime joined Interpol and sought to change the island’s name to China-Taiwan.

Since then, Interpol has been rejecting Taiwan’s requests for assistance. In 2018, in a press release, the General Assembly said it recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the sole Chinese representative in the organization.

The influence of the Chinese regime in Interpol’s decision-making is evident, as it does not allow the island to participate even as an observer:

“Interpol recognizes that Taiwan is part of China and since China is a member of Interpol, Interpol cannot grant Taiwan observer status at the General Assembly,” Stock said.

Following the Interpol Secretary General’s statements, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued a statement clearing any doubts about the island’s independence.
“It is a sovereign and independent country, democratic Taiwan and authoritarian China are not subordinate to each other.”

In the same vein, MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou expressed in a press conference, “We find it deeply regrettable that Interpol has allowed political factors to override policing expertise by disregarding Taiwan’s practical needs to meaningfully participate in the organization’s meetings.”

Taiwan police would go a long way in combating international crime

Despite internationally imposed restrictions promoted by the Chinese regime, Taiwan has become a significant economic and technological development center with nothing to envy from the major powers.

Regarding security, the island was on the list of the top 10 safest countries in the world in 2014. Since then, its police system has been getting better and better. Taiwan’s law enforcement agencies have collaborated with foreign intelligence to solve some 235 cases and arrest more than 12,000 suspects involved in organized fraud and transnational drug and human trafficking, including children.

For example, Taiwanese police played a crucial role in investigating and capturing the Cobalt gang. This cybercrime group infiltrated financial institutions through e-mails to steal large sums of money.

Although Taiwan has spared no effort to combat transnational crime, Interpol has rejected most of its requests; of 90 proposals submitted by the island, the organization has only responded to 27.

However, not everyone is unaware of the benefits of having the support of Taipei’s security system. After seeing the island’s performance in solving crime, the European Police Office invited Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau to a special meeting to share its expertise.

But since Taiwan is not a member of Interpol, it was difficult for them to share information about possible suspects in international crime. They were also unable to get access to the intelligence they needed. Taiwan’s absence as a member of the International Criminal Police Organization makes the world more insecure.

Taiwan’s successful model

With a population of more than 23 million people, Taiwan’s tremendous progress and development in recent years have positioned it on the international scene as one of the most important trading partners of the old continent.

The island has acquired one of Asia’s most stable and dynamic democracies, with a flourishing economy. Taipei is the leading supplier of world-class chips, and its TSMC company is an essential partner for joint research and development with the European Union.

Recently, billionaire Elon Musk was harshly criticized for suggesting that Taiwan adopt the “one country, two systems” model that Hong Kong had for many years. However, Musk failed to take into account or outright ignored that this model did not work for the Hong Kong people who now live under the dictatorship of the CCP.

In this regard, Benedict Rogers, vice chairman of the British Conservative Party’s Human Rights Committee, stated that Taiwan should not fall into this trap and persevere in its defense of freedom.

“Taiwan is also a Chinese cultural environment. I did not run the risk of arrest, imprisonment or deportation, but I was welcomed, which highlights the superiority of Taiwan’s system.”

Thus, Taiwan has become a role model for many countries, especially for the Chinese who dream of freedom and prosperity in their country.

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