Taiwan’s legislature is set to vote this week on motions to change the name of national air carrier China Airlines and the cover of the Republic of China passports.
Pro-independence groups have been vocal about these motions. They are pushing for lawmakers to remove “China” from the name of Taiwan’s state-owned airline They also want to change the words on passport covers from “the Republic of China” to “Taiwan”, and remove the party emblem of the main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT)..
Proponents say the changes will reduce the likelihood that people will confuse Taiwan as being China.
The renaming motions are likely to be another point of contention between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the opposition KMT. Already, three fights have broken out between the ruling and opposition lawmakers since the current extraordinary legislative session began on July 1.
It’s unclear whether the DPP will support changes to the passport cover. An attorney with one of the groups pushing the changes, Jerry Cheng, says that at the very least, people should have two options: a passport that says ROC on the cover, and a passport that says Taiwan.