China Issues Banned and Required Terminology for Taiwan, Hong Kong, South China Sea

‘Under no condition should “President (or Vice President) of the Republic of China” be used to refer to the leaders of Taiwan, even if it is put in quotation marks.’

The News Lens
Date: 2017/05/16
By: ZiQing Low

As China President Xi Jinping (習近平) woos world leaders in Beijing, the Xinhua

Photo Credit: Corbis/達志影像

news agency has announced strict rules for how Chinese journalists should refer to dozens of sensitive issues.

Xinhua, China’s main news agency, has issued a notice outlining the required and prohibited conventions covering topics from people with disabilities and senior party officials, to Taiwan independence and the South China Sea.

According to a Chinese-language copy of the notice, there are 45 directives. Thirteen of those cover terminology restrictions for territory and sovereignty issues, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Xinjiang, as well as the disputed Spratly and Senkaku Islands.    [FULL  STORY]

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