Online Petition Calls for the White House to Recognize Taiwan as an Independent Country
A petition was submitted to the White House, urging the U.S. government to recognize Taiwan as an independent country. In the White House’s “We the People” petition website, the petition was initiated on Oct. 7 by “K.W.” which had collected more than 79,000 signatures. The deadline for gathering signatures is Nov. 6.
As to the rules of “We the People,” a petition needs to collect 100,000 signatures or more in 30 days after being submitted. If the petition reached the threshold, the White House is required to issue a response to the request in 60 days.
“Taiwan is the only country not represented in the U.N., and that can only happen if the United States extends formal recognition to the country, so other countries will follow suit,” K.W. asserts.
#Taiwan’s loss of diplomatic allies
Taipei lost two diplomatic allies in just one week, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, leaving Taiwan with only 15 diplomatic allies worldwide. Both Solomon Islands and Kiribati switch diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.
“We the People” is a platform that empowers the mainstream public to ask the government to carry out reform or make changes. The right to petition the government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In the case of the petition, it goes“The 23 million Taiwanese who live in Taiwan, an island country independently self-governed for 60 years now, is a model for other Asian countries to follow, having transitioned from dictatorship into democracy in 1996 without bloodshed, when it voted for its first presidential election. It is a leader and partner to the United States, providing assistance to other countries with humanitarian aid and rescue teams during disasters. It is also a strategic partner in the Pacific, and an important ally in helping to contain China.”
On May 31, Michael Kreuzberg submitted a petition to the German parliament, asking the government to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and posted it online on Sept. 11 to collect signatures. By the deadline of Oct. 3, the petition succeeded in reaching a threshold of 50,000 signatures and the German parliament is expected to put the issue on the parliamentary agenda for debate. In 2016, a similar petition was submitted to the U.K. government’s petition website, asking the same request. The petition reached a threshold to prompt the U.K. government to respond, but the U.K. government responded that Taiwan issue needs a dialogue across the Taiwan Strait to reach a consensus among people on both sides.
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美國白宮連署請願網站於10月7日出現呼籲「美國正式承認台灣為獨立國家」的請願案！按照白宮請願網站規定，請願案若能在30天內獲得10萬人連署，白宮會在60天內對請願內容做出回應。對此，外交部發言人歐江安表示，相關請願案為美國民眾自發性活動，我國政府表示尊重。截至10月13日7時35分，已超過7萬9千多人連署。“We the People”官網連結(official website)
署名「K.W.」的網友在「WE the PEOPLE」網站經發起連署，內容提及：2300萬台灣人居住在台灣，這是一個擁有60年自治權的島國…..1996年，台灣在投票選舉第一屆總統大選時從獨裁政權過渡到民主制，沒有流血衝突。更指出，台灣是美國的盟友，在災難期間透過人道主義援助和救援隊向其他國家提供援助。台灣也是太平洋地區的戰略合作夥伴，更是幫助遏制中國的重要盟友。現在是時候讓2300萬台灣人參加聯合國了（台灣是唯一沒有聯合國代表的國家），只有在美國正式承認該國的情況下，其他國家才會效仿。
5月31日，邁克爾·克羅伊茨貝格（Michael Kreuzberg）向德國議會遞交了請願書，要求德國政府與台灣建立外交關係，並於9月11日將其張貼在網上。 到10月3日截止日期，請願書成功達到50,000個簽名的門檻，德國議會有望提交議會議程進行辯論。