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Recent Examples of Attempts by China to Change Taiwan's National Name in the International Arena

  • Date:2007-03-28

March 2007

Compiled by the Department of Planning

Date Description
October 2005 Internet search engine Google obtains an operating license in China and at the same time declares that it identifies with Beijing's "One China" policy. Google’s Map Service entitles a map of Taiwan as a "province of China."
February 13, 2006 The sponsor of the 9th World Firefighters Games in Hong Kong bows to Chinese pressure and prohibits Taiwanese contestants from bringing their national flag, membership flag, and firefighter banners into the game venue, as contestants from other countries are allowed to do so. China also forces Taiwan’s team to change its name to "China Taipei," making it part of the Chinese delegation. Taiwan vigorously protests the move without effect and finally decides to withdraw from the contest.
April 2006 Taiwan is a major supporter and board member of the International Crisis Group (ICG). However, when China is invited to join the ICG, it not only demands that Taiwan change its membership name to "Chinese Taipei," but also demands that no officials from Taiwan participate in the organization activities.
May 2006 The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) does not allow Taiwan to join the organization as a member. The ISO 3166 directory of names of countries and territories lists “Taiwan” as “Taiwan, Province of China” due to Chinese pressure.
May 12, 2006 Under pressure from China, the International Hospital Federation (IHF) deliberates the matter of Taiwan's membership name of "Taiwan Hospital Association" (THA) at a meeting of the IHF Governing Council. The IHF not only resolves to change Taiwan's membership name to “Taiwan Hospital Association, China”, but it also demands that the THA sign a memorandum that is aimed at belittling the name and position of Taiwan.
Late May 2006 The PRC chapter of the Lions Club exerts diplomatic pressure on Lions Clubs International demanding that the membership name of the Taiwan chapter be changed from “MD300-Taiwan” to “MD300-China Taiwan.”  
September 2006 The International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) originally plans to publish an image advertisement in the September 2006 issue of the World Bank quarterly "Perspectives on Development." However, the World Bank demands that the official English name and identity symbol of the fund be changed from "Taiwan ICDF" to "Chinese Taipei ICDF."
Late September  2006 International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) President Doeke Faber explains the background of the forced cancellation of the AIPH annual meeting and the association's principles and position in handling the matter. He states that the meeting has to be canceled because of political factors related to China's demand that the name of the Taiwan Floriculture Development Association be changed and that activities sponsored by Taiwan receive the approval of the China Flower Association.
September 27, 2006 The World Economic Forum (WEF) originally refers to Taiwan as “Taiwan” in its reports. However, at a press conference on the announcement of the WEF's March 2006 "Global Information Technology Report," Ambassador Sha Zukang, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, protests the use of the name "Taiwan" in the "Country" items. In order to avoid dispute, the WEF changes Taiwan's name to "Taiwan, China" in its "Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007," published on September 27, 2006.
November 8, 2006 The Union of International Fairs (UFI) convenes its annual session in Beijing. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) originally plans to send a delegation to attend the meeting. However, the sponsor sends a written reply informing that due to the demands of the host country China, TAITRA must add "China" or "Chinese" to all references to Taiwan or Taipei in the council's name and address. After lodging an ineffective protest, Taiwan withdraws from the meeting.
November 2006 Taiwan is an official member of the International Competition Network (ICN) under the name of "Taiwan." Since China has not drafted a competition law, it is unqualified to be a member in the organization. However, in order to join the ICN in 2007 as an observer, China demands that Taiwan change its membership name.
January 2007 China pressures Korea to change the nationality on visas issued to Taiwanese exchange students to "China."
March 2007 Bowing to Chinese pressure, BirdLife International asks the Wild Bird Federation Taiwan to change its name for meetings.
March 2007 During an international seminar on fishery subsidies convened by the World Trade Organization, Chinese officials force the General Council to change the name of Taiwan on all documents to "China, Taiwan Province."