Statue change ‘inaccurate,’ UK lawmakers say

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 06, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA, LONDON

A British parliamentary group on Thursday waded into a debate on Taiwan’s status,

An open letter issued by Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu in protest of the London School of Economics and Political Science’s decision to show Taiwan as part of China on a globe sculpture is pictured on the Taipei Representative Office in the UK Web site.Screen grab from the Internet

saying that its designation on a giant globe sculpture on the campus of a London university was not based on fact.

The World Turned Upside Down sculpture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was altered to show Taiwan as part of China, which the lawmakers said was not only erroneous, but contrary to government policy in the UK.

“Depicting Taiwan as part of China is inaccurate and misleading, as Taiwan has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China,” lawmakers Nigel Evans and Lord Rogan, cochairs of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, wrote in a letter to the university.

The university’s decision, driven by pressure from its Chinese students, is also contrary to the British government’s long-standing policy of referring to Taiwan as “Taiwan,” they said, citing a public statement made in July last year by British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field.    [FULL  STORY]

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