We know that the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre is approaching rapidly. In fact, the anniversary is on June 4 which is just a day away from now. Now, the trade office of Taiwan in Munich, Germany which is Taiwan’s embassy in Germany sent a message. This message was to urge like-minded countries to support Taiwan’s liberal democracy.
This message was posted by Taiwan Trade Office’s official Facebook page. The message was a cartoon recreation of the famous Tank Man photo which is now widely known after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The photo shows three pandas that are riding atop three tanks with the red communist star. The gun barrel points of their tanks are pointed towards a Formosan black bear which is standing on Taiwan’s map. Also, he is carrying two suitcases with “Democracy” written on one and “Peace” written on the other.
The Facebook post also had a caption as well which was written in German, English as well as Chinese. This caption reminded people of the bloody crackdown by China against student protestors 30 years back. Also, the post reminded people about Chinese President’s speech in which he threatened to annex Taiwan.
The office also requested China to recognize Taiwan and its commitment to the citizens for freedom and democracy and that the differences should be settled peacefully. Here is the full text that was shared by Taiwan Office on Facebook:
“Thirty years ago, China violently crushed a peaceful democratic movement among students.
Thirty years later, China is threatening democratic Taiwan with violent unification, as China’s President Xi openly threatened Taiwan on 2 January 2019.
As a liberal democracy, Taiwan respects human rights and the equality of all people. China must face the reality of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and respect the commitment of the 23 million people of Taiwan to freedom and democracy and handle cross-strait differences peacefully.
Facing increasingly martial tones from China, Taiwan appeals to all like-minded countries to support its liberal democracy.”