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Brazil Congratulates President Tsai of Taiwan on Her Inauguration

2020-06-05 18:42
A letter sent by the Chinese Communist Embassy in Brazil demanding Brasilian legislators not congratulate Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen on her reelection was posted on Twitter, causing dissatisfaction among the Brasilians who congratulated President Tsai on Twitter and even echoed the slogan “VivaTaiwan”. President Tsai was sworn in for reelection on May 20, 2020, and Brazilian Federal Representative Paulo Eduardo Martins posted on Twitter on May 25th a letter he received from the Chinese Embassy in Brazil instructing him to remain silent on the inauguration of President Tsai’s second presidential term.The letter was dated on May 13th. Paulo Eduardo Martins said: "In this letter, the authoritarian CCP embassy advised Brazilian parliamentarians not to speak about the inauguration of the President of Taiwan. This is an offense. So, even if I am late, I would like to congratulate President Tsai Ing-Wen on her inauguration." Zhang Jian, a Chinese researcher, commented: "The CCP’s Wolf Diplomacy has escalated and it has portrayed itself as the leader of other countries in some states of Europe and of the United States. Now, it has arrived in Brazil with many ways to interfere with the internal affairs of Brazil. These ways include: demands, issuing official documents, and using the red-header in documents to order parliament members in Brazil, and also asking the Brazilian government to manage members of Parliament so that they could not say anything nor make any positive comments on Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen." Paulo Eduardo Martin's Twitter post resonated with many Brazilian netizens. They congratulated President Tsai Ing-Wen on Twitter for her inauguration, and even added the "#VivaTaiwan” slogan, which became the number one search term on Brazilian Twitter. Zhang Jian continued: "The CCP misjudged the situation and used such a method that resulted in a collective rebound from the Brazilian people. Brazil has a large population and in the middle of this difficult time caused by the severe pandemic in Brazil, the CCP still used strong-arm diplomacy and this red-header document to order Brazil. It is without a doubt that the Brasilian people ‘exploded in silence because they did not want to perish in silence’, and they are using this anger to say ‘Long Live Taiwan’. They want to fiercely praise the democratic system to slap the CCP in the face.” On May 26th, President Tsai Ing-Wen thanked Brazilian netizens via Twitter and wished them safety and health. She said: "Thank you to all our friends in #Brazil for your kind congratulations. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy.#VivaTaiwan, #VivaBrazil". Lan Shu, a U.S.-based commentator on current affairs, said: "Of course, the meaning behind ‘Long Live Taiwan’ is ‘Long Live Freedom’ and ‘Long Live Democracy’. The international community, including these government officials and citizens, is furious at the CCP’s coverup of the virus. These legislators of Brazil are elected by its people and the CCP has nothing to do with this. It is simply stupidity that the Chinese Communist Party is telling them what to do and what not to do.” Lan Shu indicated that holding the CCP accountable and supporting Taiwan has become a domino effect on the global scale. He continued saying: "Taiwan has a very clear understanding of the Chinese Communist Party, a political party that lies and governs the country violently, because Taiwan lives under the shadow of the CCP's bullying and the entire Taiwanese society faces this problem every day. One of the most important issues during the presidential election was the relationship between the two countries. It is precisely because of this that Taiwanese society has a clearer understanding of the CCP than other countries in the world." Brazil’s “People ’s Daily” News Network published a commentary article written by political and economic columnist, Rodrigo Constantino, on the 26th of May. The article accused the CCP of taking an aggressive position that has been condemned in various countries around the world, and because of the pan