I woke up this morning and found out that the USA's immigration authorities, the INS, had just technically given away the islands where I am living, to the Red Chinese (Mainland China). This overturns U.S. congress-sanctioned policy (dating back to the 1970s) recognizing all of Taiwan as a separate country from the Mainland.
Here is the exact quote from the Taipei Times : "[T]he newly exposed visa regulations in US immigration policy maintain that Kinmen and Matsu [archipelagos] are part of China's Fujian Province, a merciless slap in the face for Ma [the current president of Taiwan]."
How would you feel if you were suddenly dislocated from Taiwan to the People's Republic of China--and no one even wrote you a letter?
It's certainly much more than a slap in the face to the president of Taiwan--it is a slap in the face to all Taiwanese and all residents of Lienchiang County, where Matsu Islands are located, and the people of Kinman. Neither peoples, by the way, have held a referendum to rejoin Mainland China.
Recently, a neighboring Matsu resident here in Taiwan had had the very U.S. visa (he'd already been waiting 10-plus months for) denied and indefinitely delayed.
At the time, it wasn't clear to me why this young man would have been suddenly asked by the INS to await another full-year to apply again to rejoin his grandparents in the U.S.A. However, now with the previously secret new U.S. visa (or immigration) regulations suddenly in place declaring the Matsu (Island) archipelago part of the neighboring Fujian Province of the People's Republic, I understand the delay in the young man's visa.
Yet, neither did the USA State Department have bothered to tell me or most people here in Matsu that we all are suddenly living in the People's Republic of China--this is simple bureaucratic steamrolling over a people caught between the two China's and America's desire to please the biggest China. Moreover, most of us don't even have either a Chinese passport or visa.
The world should be in outrage over this new policy or code by a U.S. government agency (INS)--which has overturned U.S. and Taiwan agreements sanctioned-by-the-U.S. congress and in effect since the 1970s--i.e. which have recognized all of Taiwan as a country separate from China.
Luckily, so far, no Red Chinese gunboats have come over to show their full agreement with the USA's INS officials. Matsu is still a fully functioning as part of Taiwan--whether the State Department or NIS recognizes that fact or not.