Taiwan’s Foreign Trade Offices are Under Pressure from China to Change their Names

There is more evidence China is working hard to narrow Taiwan’s diplomatic space.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/06/15
By: Central News Agency

Five Taiwan trade offices with “the Republic of China” or “Taiwan” in their names located in countries

Photo Credit: Reuters/達志影像

that do not have diplomatic ties with Taiwan have come under pressure by China to change their names, an official from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said this week.

Antonio Chen (陳俊賢), director general of the ministry’s Department of West Asia and African Affairs, said that if the names of those missions continue to be used, the host countries may ask that the plaques identifying the missions be removed.

That already happened in Dubai in the past month, when Taiwan’s office there changed its name from the “Commercial Office of ROC (Taiwan)” to the “Commercial Office of Taipei.”

The four other missions under pressure are in Nigeria, Bahrain, Ecuador, and Jordan, and three of the four countries – Nigeria, Bahrain, and Ecuador – are not very resistant to pressure from Beijing, Chen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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