Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, I’m glad to have this opportunity to share some thoughts with you in Geneva. My name is Freddy Lim, I’m a parliamentarian from Taiwan, and I’m a member of the New Power Party which was founded only about one year ago. The NPP has a lot of support from the young people in Taiwan, and is currently the third largest party in the parliament and represents a new, rising political force. Here, we would like to express our voices to you, hoping that more people around the world would become strong partner and friends of Taiwan to support our efforts in join international organizations, so that we may contribute to the world.
Despite being a country that still has a hard time joining the UN, Taiwan is the 26th largest economy in the world by GDP, and it’s ranked the 16th in terms of total trade amount. We have our own territories, people, elected government, and president. Last Friday, we had our third rotation of power, showing that Taiwan’s democracy is both stable and reliable.
As an important trade partner around the world, Taiwan strives to establish closer business relations with the world under the WTO framework. We’re also actively boosting human rights standards domestically, by not only passing the two UN human rights covenants, but also providing information, skills, funding, and humanitarian aids to the international community with no reserves. Taiwan has a mature public health and national health insurance system, an outstanding biotech industry, as well as rich experiences in researching and developing medicines and vaccines. We believe that, through multilateral medical cooperation, participating in the global epidemic control and becoming an official member of the WHO, we will absolutely contribute in the global fight against diseases.
The complicated history of Taiwan surfaced with the rare mention of UN Resolution 2758 in the WHA invitation to Taiwan. After World War II, the Chiang Kai-shek regime who had nowhere to go after losing the Chinese Civil War was sent to Taiwan by the Allies, where it started a prolonged authoritarian rule. Along with the regime, the international community also threw the “one China” problem to Taiwan. In 1971, the UN passed resolution 2758 to expel the Chiang Kai-shek regime occupied the seat for China. However, Chiang’s regime was not only unrepresentative of China, it did not represent the people of Taiwan either. Taiwan has finally become a young democracy following decades of activism and reforms. Now that the Taiwanese people are extending their efforts to contribute to and participate in different aspects in the world, we sincerely hope that Taiwan would engage in more positive and respectable exchanges with the world as a normal country, to fulfill its obligations as a global citizen.
Like all of you, we firmly stands behind the universal values of freedom, democracy, and human rights, and continuously work for these values. I believe that, based on our shared values, and with your support, Taiwan would absolutely become a reliable and friendly partner. I would like to sincerely thank you for attending the press conference. Let’s stay closer to work for a better world.
Thank you for your time, have a good day.
各位先生、女士，大家好，很高興能夠在日內瓦跟各位分享一些看法。我的名字是Freddy Lim，是台灣的立法委員，屬於台灣僅成立一年的新政黨New Power Party。NPP在台灣獲得年輕人很大的支持，目前在國會是第三大黨，是台灣政治一股新興的力量。在此希望能傳達我們的心聲給各位，並期盼國際上更多友人做台灣堅強的夥伴，支持我們參與國際組織，為世界貢獻一己之力。