Taiwan condemns China’s ‘evil intent’ to downgrade nation

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/17
By: Joseph Yeh

CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Taiwan on Thursday condemned a proposal by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) that 66 foreign companies who have failed to label Taiwan as part of China’s territory on their websites should be punished, saying the move demonstrates Beijing’s “evil intent” to downgrade the nation’s sovereignty.

In its 2018 annul report on cyber rule of law in China issued on Jan. 7, the top research institute in China noted that 66 of the world’s top 500 companies in 2017 list Taiwan as “Taiwan” instead of “Taiwan, China.”

The report suggested that Beijing should punish the companies, which include Apple, Nike and Amazon, if they fail to change their designation on Taiwan.

In response, Taiwan’s foreign ministry on Thursday condemned the threat and its effort to “blatantly interfere with private-sector commercial activities and international business operations with political means” to suppress Taiwan’s status in the world community.

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