UN urged not to debase Taiwan’s official name

  • 12 August, 2019
  • Paula Chao
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou

Taiwan’s foreign ministry is urging the United Nations to not debase the official name of Taiwan and face up to the reality that Taiwan is not part of China. That was the word from Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou on Monday.

Ou’s comments came after the UN on Sunday tweeted a list of countries that have legalized same-sex marriage. The tweet called Taiwan a “province of China”. The official name of Taiwan is the Republic of China.

Ou said it’s disappointing that the United Nations handled the matter by later removing the tweet instead of using the correct name to refer to the country.

Ou said the UN should face up to the reality that Taiwan and China are two independent entities and that only Taiwan’s elected government can represent the 23 million people of Taiwan.

“Our country has demanded that the United Nations and related organizations no longer use the inappropriate name to belittle the official name of Taiwan on their official documents, statistics [reports], official Twitter accounts and websites," said Ou. 

Ou said the government has also asked two agencies that administer English language tests -- TOEFL and IELTS -- to not use “Taiwan, China” to refer to Taiwan.

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