This is absolutely unfair. Taiwan claims to be sovereign and independent, but the reality is that this sovereignty is being dragged through the mud and trampled on.
It is a matter of national humiliation.
Future governments must insist on equality in their “exchanges” with China. Whatever China is allowed to do in Taiwan, Taiwan should be allowed to do in China, and conversely, what Taiwan is not allowed to do in China, China should not be allowed to do in Taiwan.
Citizens of the enemy state visiting Taiwan should not be accorded freedom of speech. That a government is unable to implement even such a commonsensical policy is unheard of in normal countries.
Sixth, future governments must make it clear that Taiwan belongs to the ranks of democratic nations, such as the US, Japan and European countries, and work to win the support of democratic nations.
Seventh, future governments should apply for entry into the UN under a new national title. If unsuccessful the first year, another application should be made the next year and the next, even if it takes three, 10 or 50 years until the application is successful.
Peng Ming-min is a former Presidential Office adviser.