By: Evelyn Kao and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) The number of signatures on an online petition to “Recognise Taiwan as a country,” which was launched Monday by British citizen Chapman Lee, had climbed to 9,846 as of 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Taiwan time, close to the number required for a response by the United Kingdom government.
The petition, posted on the UK Government and Parliament website (here), said that due to the one-China policy the United Kingdom does not recognize the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and that all relations between the two countries take place on an unofficial basis.
“It’s time to change this. Taiwan is an independent country,” yet China states that Taiwan is just another part of China, and most countries in the world do not recognize Taiwan because they do not want to upset China, the petition states. [FULL STORY]