FEATURE: Taiwan battles to keep its name in global arena

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 04, 2017
By: Tseng Wei-chen and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The nation participates in 12 governmental or non-governmental international

The headquarters of the World Vegetable Center in Tainan’s Shanhua District is pictured on Jan. 2, 2010. Photo: Wu Chun-feng, Taipei Times

organizations using the name “Taiwan” or the “Republic of China (ROC),” or about one-third of a total of 37 organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ records show.
In an effort to limit Taiwan’s international space, the Chinese government routinely pressures these organizations to refer to the nation using names other than the “ROC” or “Taiwan,” such as “Chinese Taipei” or the “Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu,” the records show.

In 2000, the Asian Development Bank, on Beijing’s entreaty, switched from using the “ROC” to “Taipei, China” — a move that Taipei continues to protest at the annual meeting.    [FULL  STORY]

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