Despite vigorous finger wagging by foreign politicians, the Chinese continue to crack down on Tibetan dissent with a massive amount of troops. In Taiwan, the Chinese crackdown has the effect of helping the DPP's chances of keeping the presidency and the passage of the DPP-backed U.N. referendum. The KMT candidate's once insurmountable lead has been almost completely wiped out as events unfolded this week in the PRC.
Coincidentally, the USS Nimitz and USS Kitty Hawk will be conducting training exercises right next to Taiwan this weekend during the election. If the DPP referendum passes, there is a small, but real, chance that the PRC may attack Taiwan. So who can the people of Taiwan count on for "official" support? The answer is quite pathetic.
Since the 1970s, the ROC has been losing allies like an untreated, advanced-stage leper. Today, only a handful of banana republics recognize Taiwan as the real China. They are:
Burkina Faso, Gambia, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland
Belize, Dominican Republica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, St. Kitts & Nevis, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu
Let's hope people on both sides of the Taiwan Straight think and act reasonably this weekend.