On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the Trade Office of Taiwan in Munich issued an appeal to like-minded nations to support Taiwan’s liberal and democratic society, in the face of threats from it’s belligerent neighbor, the People’s Republic of China.
One of four Taiwanese representative offices in Germany, the Munich office published a picture on their Facebook page of pandas driving tanks facing a Formosan black bear bearing two cases, one labeled “democracy,” and the other “peace.”
The Formosan bear bears a resemblance to “Tank Man,” an unknown rebel who became an iconic image after he stepped in front of, and temporarily stopped, tanks heading towards protesters gathered in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, June 4, 1989.
The unknown rebel was eventually dragged away by two men, and his identity and fate has never been confirmed.
Along with the picture posted to Facebook by the Taiwan Trade Office, a message in Chinese, German, and English read:
“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.”
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