Taiwan condemns Beijing’s ‘barbaric intervention’ as another international business falls into line over name

English language test website joins airlines, hotels, global brands and governments to accept the self-ruled island as part of China

South China Morning Post 
Date: 06 October, 2018
By: Mimi Lau

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.

Two months ago the Test of English as a Foreign Language website changed the island’s reference to “Taiwan, China” triggering a protest by Taiwanese students.

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