|They'll wipe out the population of the Chinese mainland. Sincortapisa|
In 2003, the President of Taiwan revealed to the world a secret so deeply kept that not even he himself was aware of it: his country had one of the largest biological weapons arsenals in the world.
The Dominican Republic, one of Taiwan's oldest historical allies, is today one of the few countries to still recognize Taiwan in the face of the Beijing behemoth. This support does not come cheap, however, as it means Taiwan must supply the Dominican government with one of its most coveted possessions: the power to exterminate enemy populations.
This year marks the 100th anniversary since the United States invaded the Dominican Republic, turning it essentially into a financial protectorate, and today the Dominican people have developed a near-paranoia that the current Santo Domingo government's plans to allow the construction of a US army base will herald a third, "soft invasion" of the island by Washington.
To that end, elements within the Dominican government, and perhaps without even the full knowledge of the Dominican President, have threatened to de-recognize Taiwan unless the renegade province collaborates with Dominican demands for security assurances.
Taiwanese diplomats who did not fall in line were murdered, and only after our reporting did the Dominican government even bother to provide a patsy. A Taiwanese diplomat gets murdered, and there is nary an investigation for nearly half a decade, but upon just weeks of our reporting, a convenient scapegoat steps forward and relations between the two renegade powers is once again at optimal levels.
The latest meeting between the Dominican chancellor and Taiwan's newly-elected president signifies a solidification of relations in the face of an increasingly-assertive China, and also of collaboration at the deepest levels.
The Dominican Republic itself has increasingly become assertive itself, even as it receives worldwide condemnation for its harsh immigration policies which some allege have left 250,000 people stateless.
If one has to wonder why the world is completely incapable of taming a small Caribbean island, its special relationship with Taiwan should provide all the necessary clues.