No one-party rule in Tai­wan

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL - JOHN WU 36th pres­i­dent, Tai­wan Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica (TBAA) Rose­mead, Calif.

Nu­mer­ous so­cial me­dia ac­counts in Tai­wan have been sus­pended for the ‘crime’ of crit­i­ciz­ing Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment. The Tai­wanese news me­dia tend to self-reg­u­late in or­der to avoid re­jec­tion of li­cense re­newal, and they hes­i­tate to re­port protests or other anti-gov­ern­men­tre­lated events.

Just last month, Chang Ya-ping, the deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the op­po­si­tion party in Tai­wan (as well as the first po­lit­i­cal pris­oner of the Tsai ad­min­is­tra­tion), was charged with dam­ag­ing the rul­ing party’s rep­u­ta­tion and was sen­tenced to 34 months in prison. This si­lenc­ing of op­po­si­tion voices has be­gun to sink our is­land of democ­racy.

Tai­wan is an im­por­tant U.S. ally in Asia, not only in trade but also as a na­tion that shares Amer­ica’s val­ues and in­ter­ests. Tai­wan con­tin­u­ing to move to­ward oneparty dom­i­nance is not in the best in­ter­est of the United States. The peo­ple of Tai­wan should en­joy free­dom of speech and reap the re­wards of their po­lit­i­cal choices.

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