US State Department website promoting language learning uses Taipei 101 image as masthead

CCP uses Mandarin to tell one story, English to tell another: Pompeo

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/10/28
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(U.S. Department of State photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The new foreign language learning website launched by the U.S. State Department uses an image of Taipei 101 as its masthead.

On Wednesday (Oct. 28), this prompted a Taiwanese legislator to ask the government to assess the possibility of working with the State Department to promote Mandarin learning, according to a Liberty Times report .

In promoting the website, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "the State Department offers a range of programs to help Americans learn foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity." He especially mentioned learning Mandarin, saying that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses Mandarin to tell one story and English to tell another, so it’s important for the U.S. to understand the full picture.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) said that given that the U.S. has so many allies around the world, the fact that the U.S. Department of State uses a Taiwan image as the masthead of its foreign language learning website is notable.

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