IS propaganda gives nation unwanted recognition

The China Post
Date: November 28, 2015
By: AFP

TAIPEI — The Islamic State has given an unwanted nod to Taiwan’s four-decade struggle for international recognition, displaying the island’s flag and naming it as part of the “enemy coalition” fighting the group.

Provoking anger and amusement, the Taiwanese flag appeared alongside the Star-Spangled Banner in an IS propaganda video released Wednesday after U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday listed Taiwan as one of Washington’s “close counterterrorism partners” in Asia-Pacific.

Taiwan has never formally declared independence from China since their acrimonious split in 1949 at the end of the Chinese civil war and has official diplomatic ties with just 22 states.

The island normally takes every opportunity to seek powerful partners following the loss of its United Nations seat to mainland China in 1971, but the jihadist group may not have been top of its list.

Former Taiwanese Premier Hau Pei-tsun said Taiwan had not involved itself in conflicts where the United States has played a historical role, in a United Daily News column Friday, and questioned the U.S. decision.     [FULL  STORY]

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