On heels of deadly quake, Papua New Guinea kowtows to pressure from Beijing to change name of Taiwan representative office
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday lodged
a protest with the government of Papua New Guinea after it submitted to pressure from Beijing to remove “Republic of China” from its representative office, among other punitive measures, and condemned the timing for being too close to last week’s deadly Hualien Earthquake, reported CNA.
At a press briefing yesterday (Feb. 12), MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) expressed Taiwan’s deep dissatisfaction and regret over the pressure China’s government placed on Papua New Guinea to change the name of Taiwan’s representative office in the country, as well as remove signs with the original name and confiscate diplomatic plates from cars of Taiwan’s diplomats at the de facto embassy.