Tuesday, 24 May, 2022
HomeWorldTaiwan minimises ‘Republic of China’ in passports to stop citizens being mistaken...

Taiwan minimises ‘Republic of China’ in passports to stop citizens being mistaken for Chinese

The redesign is the latest move by President Tsai Ing-wen to assert Taiwan’s separate status from the People’s Republic of China.

Text Size:

Taipei: Taiwan has unveiled a redesigned passport in an effort to stop its citizens being mistaken for Chinese while traveling abroad.

The new passport omits “Republic of China” — the official name by which Taiwan refers to itself — in larger English print from the Taiwanese passport cover.

“Republic of China” remains written in Chinese, and in smaller English writing surrounding Taiwan’s official sun emblem in the center of the cover. The new passports will be issued from January.

“Many countries tightened immigration checks after Covid-19 broke out in January,” Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said at Wednesday’s unveiling of the new design. “To help citizens avoid being falsely identified as Chinese, lawmakers agreed in July to make Taiwanese passports more recognizable and easier to distinguish from Chinese ones to uphold our citizens’ dignity.”

The redesign is the latest move by President Tsai Ing-wen to assert Taiwan’s separate status from the People’s Republic of China. While Beijing views the democratic island as part of its territory, Tsai’s government views Taiwan as a de facto independent nation.

Many supporters of Tsai’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party chafe at the official Republic of China state title, viewing it as a relic of the Chinese civil war imposed on Taiwan when Chiang Kai-shek fled to the island in 1949 after losing to Mao Zedong’s Communists.

Tsai called the redesign a “common wish” among Taiwanese.

“The redesigned passport stresses the recognizability of Taiwan,” she told a briefing in Taipei. She said it would ensure “the convenience and safety of Taiwan citizens.”

China on Wednesday repeated its stance that Taiwan is an “unalienable” part of its territory.

“I want to reiterate that no matter what the DPP authorities’ petty moves are, there is only one China in the world,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily briefing in Beijing.

The next high-profile name change could be for China Airlines, Taiwan’s flag carrier. Lawmakers approved a resolution in July mandating the government to devise feasible ways to rename the airline to avoid it being mistaken for a Chinese company.

Since coming into power in 2016, Tsai has sought to strengthen ties with the U.S. through weapons purchases and trade talks to counter increasingly assertive Chinese moves to isolate Taiwan. She has offered to hold talks with Beijing but only on the condition China accepts Taiwan as an equal. – Bloomberg


Also read: China is set to join US & Russia as top nuclear weapons power, Pentagon warns


 

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it

India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.

But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.

ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here.

Support Our Journalism

1 COMMENT

  1. A SMALL ISLAND NATION HAS THE GUTS TO STAND UP TO PLA THREATS XI PENG HAS GONE NUTS HE IS JUST CRASY HUNGER TO GRAB LAND BY HOOK OR BY CROOKS FROM LADHAK TO AUSRALIA > WELL DONE TAIWAN EVEN CZECK REPUBLIC SHOWED A FINGER TO XI PENG >TELL PLA TO FEED ITS PEOPLE AND GIVE FULL FREEDOM TO ALL CHINESE CITZEN NO MORE THREATS TO COMMON MAN IN CHINA !!!!!

Comments are closed.

Most Popular

×