On November 8, Taiwan’s former Vice President Annette Lu published a strong open letter asking tycoon Elon Musk not to praise the Chinese Communist regime just to gain more wealth and fame.
The letter is a direct response to statements made by the world’s richest billionaire and owner of Tesla, the only foreign automaker based in China with ties to the Communist Party (CCP). In his remarks, Musk advocated that Taiwan should give in to China to ease the tensions that the communist regime imposed in the Taiwan Strait last August.
Days earlier, Musk said publicly that the island should become a “special administrative zone” under the control of the Chinese communist regime. The tycoon’s statements provoked outrage in the Taiwanese community and the repercussions were not long in coming.
In her open letter, the former president stated, “Taiwan is not for sale but we also do not want war.” Lu pointed out that China’s relationship with Taiwan must be true to history. Taiwan’s prehistory dates back 12,00 to 15,000 years ago.
Back in the 1600 when the Dutch were kicked out of Taiwan did China even begin to loosely govern Taiwan. and then in 1895 China “ceded Taiwan to Japan permanently as a trophy.”
Taiwan’s status has not yet been determined internationally, and to this day, Taiwan has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party.
Lu also mentioned that Taiwan’s freedom came at a high price, and the freedom fighters fought for decades to achieve today’s democracy and prosperity. She herself was imprisoned for six years for speaking at the 1979 International Human Rights Day demonstration. Finally, through democratic elections, the rebel that she was became vice president in 2000.
The former official stressed that Musk has no right to sacrifice the dignity and welfare of Taiwanese, and bluntly stated “Taiwan is not for sale and does not want to become a battlefield.”
The CCP does not remember that it offered Taiwan to Japan
Lu recounted that 127 years ago, China agreed to permanently cede the Liaodong Peninsula, the entire island of Taiwan and the Penghu Islands to Japan after its victory in the Sino-Japanese War, and Taiwan and Penghu became its colonies.
When the CCP said, “Taiwan is a sacred and inalienable part of China’s territory,” it surely forgot that in the Treaty of Shimonoseki it agreed to cede Taiwan’s territory and its inhabitants to Japan as a war trophy. Then, the CCP “forgot” to take back its inalienable part when Japan was defeated in World War II.
Lu recalls that in the past everyone felt it necessary to raise anti-communist consciousness that was cultivated in the Kuomintang era, and all Taiwanese carried this historical baggage as an extension of the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party.
It should be remembered that democratic Taiwan was founded on values that rejected the CCP’s betrayal of its own people, and that is why the Kuomintang withdrew to Taiwan. The CCP sold many inalienable parts of China to the highest bidder and tolerated the Soviet Union’s breach of the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Alliance by tyrannical arrangements.
International support for Taiwan: the “Pelosi effect”
The CCP’s war display in the face of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was emblematic of the communist regime’s perceived threat to any show of international support for the island’s sovereignty.
Although the U.S. officially does not have a Taiwan Embassy, its diplomatic visits are interpreted as taking a position on the warring parties.
Pelosi assured that the United States “will not abandon” Taiwan. The communist regime considered Pelosi’s comments as “external interference and a separatist attempt of Taiwan independence, according to the Defense spokesman in a statement.
These words turned into deeds and the CCP responded with huge air and sea war drills, so that there would be no doubt about its power. However, it should be noted that only those who feel fear and helplessness need to appear powerful before others.
Other countries also made public their support for Taiwan. A group of French senators was the first high-level European delegation to visit the island days after China’s military provocations in August.
And Keiji Furuya, a member of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, tweeted upon arrival, “China’s military provocations and other erratic behavior pose a risk to the peace and security of not only Taiwan, but East Asia in general.”
The flow of foreign dignitaries visiting Taiwan signified a massive response of support and repudiation of Beijing’s threats. The Taiwanese government has welcomed them and honored the international support and solidarity against the Chinese communist regime’s annex provocations.
Taiwan Present Tsai Ing-wen said, “These warm acts of kindness and strong demonstrations of support have strengthened Taiwan’s determination to defend itself.”
Freedom and democracy are not for sale
Elon Musk caused outrage in Taiwan after suggesting that the democratically governed island should become a “special administrative zone” under the control of the totalitarian Chinese communist regime.
The tycoon’s geopolitical musings provoked widespread criticism after he argued that Taiwan should cede control to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to avoid a wider conflict that would disrupt the global economy.
They also alerted Capitol Hill to the national security implications of trade ties with the Chinese Communist regime. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told the Wall Street Journal, “Any businessman doing business with China should be extremely cautious. And I hope they never engage in any behavior that puts our national security at risk.”
Musk speculated that a military conflict between China and Taiwan would likely shrink the global economy by 30%, and that such a decline would severely affect the supply chains that run through the region and supply Tesla and other major companies.
Calculated or unfortunate, the billionaire’s expression has a much more significant background than seeking fame and praise from his benefactor, the communist Asian giant.
The words are not casual: They establish associations and lay bare what is otherwise intended to be hidden. The CCP routinely uses the catastrophic prediction “severely affect supply chains” when its untenable argument is exposed to the world.
Elon Musk’s ties to the CCP are out in the open, as are his words. Treason, economic domination, and rights violations seem to be shared values. Some believe that money buys everything. Others believe that power can do anything. But Taiwan’s freedom and democracy are not for sale, and the free world supports it.