Unrepresented Nations And Peoples Organization
Date: Oct 08, 2018
Recently, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), modified its website to refer to Taiwan as “Taiwan, China”. Whilst the spokesperson for the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned conceding to Beijing’s demands, this is only the most recent episode in western businesses giving in to Beijing’s policy of blackmailing international companies over the Taiwanese issue, by threatening to restrict their market in China. Similar tendencies can be spotted amongst hotels and airlines operating flights to Taiwan. The US has criticised Beijing’s tactics as “Orwellian”.
The article below was published by South China Morning Post:
Taiwan has criticised China for “barbaric intervention” after another international English proficiency test modified its website to fall into line with Beijing’s claims over the self-ruled island.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) changed its reference to Taiwan on a drop down menu to “Taiwan, China” on Friday, according to Taiwan’s United Daily News.
A Taiwan foreign affairs ministry spokesman expressed “strong discontent and condemnation” against the “barbaric intervention” of mainland Chinese authorities over civilian business activities and operation.
In August 2018 the Test of English as a Foreign Language website changed the island’s reference to “Taiwan, China” triggering a protest by Taiwanese students.