The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by the United Nations in 1948) calls on nations to protect freedom of speech, press, the right to property and the right to a fair trial. Each of these rights is secure on Taiwan, which is rated one of the two freest countries in Asia by Freedom House. Each right is non-existent in mainland China.
China is not only a respected member of the United Nations but has a permanent seat on the Security Council, while Taiwan is a pariah.
Andorra, with its 54,550 citizens, is a UN member. Taiwan, with a population of 23 million (more populous than 60% of UN member states), is not. Liechtenstein, which covers a land mass of 160 sq. kilometers, has a vote in the General Assembly. Taiwan, which comprises 36,000 sq. km (roughly the size of the Netherlands), does not. Taiwan has the world's 17th largest economy, the 16th largest volume of trade, and the third largest foreign-exchange reserves. It's IT industry has the largest share of the global market for notebook computers, motherboards, and LCD monitors.
If you want a visa to visit Taiwan, you go to one of its representative offices abroad - not to a Chinese embassy. Citizens of Taiwan travel on an ROC passport, not one issued by the PRC.
Yet, Taiwan doesn't have a seat at the UN. Why?
Some of my favorite quotes:
If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain. -Winston Churchill
"To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have." -Ken S. Keyes Jr.
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -Mahatma Gandhi
"The wise heart turns to the right; the foolish heart to the left. Even when walking in the street, the fool, lacking understanding, calls everyone a fool." -Ecclesiastes 10:2, 10:3
"When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin." -Abraham Kuyper
"The state is the great fiction through which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else." -Frederic Bastiat "The Law," 1850.
We miss you, Andrew Breitbart.