By Lesroy W. Williams Observer Reporter
(Basseterre, St. Kitts) ” Taiwan’s top diplomat to the Federation is offering words of praise for the recently-completed Olympic games held in Beijing and offering hope the event will bring China more in line with the rest of the world. Taiwanese Ambassador to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Rong Chuan Wu, has lauded the recently concluded Games of the 29th Olympiad held in Beijing, The People’s Republic of China, from August 8-24, as the best ever. “We are happy to see a happy ending, a smooth ending to the Olympics,” Mr. Wu said. “I want to congratulate the Chinese Government and people for sponsoring a successful Olympics”. Mr. Wu said that he hopes that China’s hosting of the Olympic Games will make them more responsive to the International Community with respect to their human rights violations. “I hope that the Chinese government will be more confident to accept the international society’s criteria and not play by their own rules. We hope that post-Olympic China will be more confident to integrate with the international community,” Mr. Wu stated. “That is the positive side that I am hoping for because not only the neighboring Asian countries but also the world is worried about China rising economically. China is going to absorb more than 40 percent of the resources in the world in 20 years,” the ambassador said. “China opened its doors in 1980 and Taiwanese investors have contributed immensely to China’s economic development. There are 40,000 Taiwanese businessmen and women investing in China,” he added.” Ambassador Wu said that China has a population of 1.3 billion people and a land mass of 11 million square kilometers. “Because of Communism and nationalism they were able to mobilize the whole country to put on such great games,” Mr. Wu said. Mr. Wu said that during the Olympic Games, many people were moved out who were considered troublesome and there were constraints on the media. He said that there were many accusations that Beijing’s actions are against the spirit of freedom that the Olympics has as its ideal. “We are happy to see China become more and more economically prosperous. We hope that in becoming more and more prosperous economically, they will introduce freedom and democracy,” Mr. Wu stated. He said that the fundamental difference between China (The People’s Republic of China) and Taiwan (The Republic of China) is that Taiwan is a full-fledged democracy while China is under totalitarian rule. “Taiwan is Taiwan, China is China,” the Ambassador said. “For the past 60 years, China has regarded Taiwan as a renegade province. We want to tell the World that China and Taiwan are two different states”. The People’s Republic of China spent 40 billion US dollars to host the Olympics.