Taiwan urged to call itself Taiwan, not Republic of China

All the ambiguities and ticklish connotations of the name ‘Republic of China’ could thus be avoided

Asia Times
Date: May 31, 2018
By: Asia Times Staff

It’s again the time of the year when Taiwanese diplomats and representatives are

A Republic of China (Taiwan) flag (front) flies with a People’s Republic of China flag. Photo: Weibo

snubbed in Geneva when global public-health officials convene for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), at which Taiwan is consistently denied its own seat as Beijing seeks to browbeat the self-governing island’s international presence.

But Taiwanese Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung has found himself in a furor from some Taiwan-independence advocates after filing an official but perfunctory complaint with the World Health Organization expressing Taiwan’s outrage and dissatisfaction. That was because he signed the letter with the title “Republic of China Minister of Health and Welfare.”

So, what’s in a name?

Beijing’s adamant demand has always been that only by using “Taiwan, Province of People’s Republic of China (PRC)” would Taiwan be allowed to attend the WHA as an observer.    [FULL  STORY]

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