Meanwhile, in Taiwanese-American and foreign expat forums all over, the news is spreading that Forumosa and several other local expat forums have annexed Taiwan to China. Forumosa (Forumosa Friends), TaiwanFun, and Taiwan Ho! all use a hosting service run by the Shanghai-based Meta-4:
Shanghai-based Meta4 Group Ltd., which operates WorldFriends Networks, the world’s leading provider of private label multi-lingual online personals announced US$2.5 million in venture capital funding from industry veterans including the co-founders of leading Internet dating service Lavalife.com....
As you can see from the pic above, when you register as a member for these systems, they prompt you for a place of residence (pic above from Forumosa Friends; the TaiwanFun system is exactly the same). The only choice you get for Taiwan is the utterly bogus "Taiwan (China)". Taiwan is NOT and NEVER was part of China. Claims that China owns Taiwan are not supported in any internationally recognized treaty -- the most recent one, the Treaty of San Francisco, the peace treaty that ended WWII, was purpose-written to specify that Taiwan belongs to no one. China's interest in annexing Taiwan is entirely a function of the 1940s and is purely an act of expansionism. The main source of its claim is the simple fact that it has said it will annex Taiwan and kill anyone who gets in its way. Why assist them in this process?
Thus, the correct position for any site to take, one consistent with history, international law, and democratic practice, is to not take a position on the final disposition of Taiwan. Let Taiwan be "Taiwan."
In discussions with pro-Taiwan groups the absurd argument was made on behalf of these systems that having "China" in parentheses does not really make Taiwan part of China, although the drop down menu displayed above clearly shows Hong Kong (China) and further down, distinguishes between the Virgin Islands (US) and the Virgin Islands (UK). The use of parentheses clearly does imply ownership.
For those of us who do not believe that Taiwan should be annexed to China, at minimum, these sites should offer the clear choice of Taiwan without the erroneous and offensive (China) tag. For strict political nuetrality, however, (China) should be dropped and only Taiwan offered. Let the people filling it out imagine where they live. And if the site host Meta-4 refuses to do that, switch. Taiwan sites should have a Taiwan perspective.