Taiwan News profiles my friend Coen Blaauw, one of the key workers for Taiwan in Washington, and one of the island’s most devoted supporters. Coen has done wonders for Taiwan over the years. And, as I am anguished to note, he still apparently has all his hair too. It’s just not fair…..

Despite its unwillingness to formally recognize Taiwan, the United States is Taiwan’s best partner in the struggle to gain de jure independence, said Coen Blaauw, the executive director of Formosa Affairs Public Relations, in an interview with Taiwan News last week on Taiwan’s lobbying effort in the United States.

FAPR is considered to be the most effective lobbying firm on Taiwan’s behalf on Capitol Hill, said the Dutchman, whose group operates under the Formosan Affairs Public Association, one of the most active U.S.-based pro-Taiwan organizations.

Established in Los Angeles in 1982, FAPA is a non-profit, educational organization that aims to rally international support for Taiwan’s right to establish an independent country and to protect the right to self-determination of Taiwan’s people.

“The separation of power within the U.S. government makes it that anyone can step up to his or her congressmen or congresswoman and tell them whatever they want about Taiwan,” he said, adding the very essence of citizen responsibility is the engine that keeps his organization running.