Taiwan Representative in Germany Jhy-Wey Shieh had an interview with Sportschau on Thursday, Feb. 17, where he expressed his view on issues such as the situation in the Taiwan Strait.
On Feb. 18, the full-text Chinese translation of the German media article entitled “Jhy-Wey Shieh on a possible blitzkrieg—We are ready for this” was shared on a Facebook page named “Taiwan in Deutschland.”
In response to speculation that the post-Olympics period would be the best time for China to annex Taiwan, Shieh pointed out that if Europe, NATO, and the U.S. are currently busy with the Ukraine crisis, China may see it as an opportunity to attack Taiwan without fear. He said that, in any case, Taiwan would be ready if China wanted to conquer Taiwan with a blitzkrieg.
Additionally, in response to IOC President Thomas Bach’s emphasis on the absence of political factors in the Olympics, Jhy-Wey Shieh said that Taiwan’s example clearly shows political harassment. He said that since 1981, for forty years, Taiwan has been forced to use the name “Chinese Taipei” to participate in the Olympics. Furthermore, he said that even if Taiwan won a medal, it could not fly its own flag. He added that Taiwan could not protest at will due to the fear that its athletes might be deprived of their right to participate in the Olympics.
The de facto Taiwan ambassador said that ‘Chinese Taipei’ is not an appropriate name because when Taiwanese athletes talk about Chinese Taipei, they mean Taipei in Taiwan, not China.
Regarding the possibility of seeking to participate in the Olympic Games in the name of Taiwan, the Taiwan representative also said that it is challenging because China is so influential, and the IOC president Thomas Bach is unlikely to support Taiwan. He said that if the IOC really wants to speak out and work for the peaceful coexistence of humanity, then what is happening to the Taiwanese at the moment is not fair.
On Saturday, Feb. 19, Shieh posted the interview video on his Facebook fan page, suggesting that Taiwan should go out and make its voice heard.