Following our previous post on China’s efforts to reduce Taiwan’s international participation in both official and unofficial capacity, a new wave of reports emerges to show us just how much length China would go to get the international community to isolate and humiliate Taiwan. This list is by no means exhaustive. More detailed lists can be found on Taiwan’s foreign ministry website.
Taiwanese citizens and officials have been refused entry into several international organization meetings. These include the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly in 2016, Food and Agriculture Organizations Committee on Fisheries meeting in 2016, launch of NGO Committee for Rare Diseases in 2016, Committee on the Status of Women meeting in 2017, International Labor Organization and International Labor Conference in 2017, World Health Organization Assembly in 2017, and UNFCCC COP23, among others.
Taiwan’s representative office in Abuja, Nigeria was forced to move out of the capital city to Lagos. Taiwan’s offices in Bahrain, Ecuador, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates were forced to change to names that don’t contain the words Taiwan, Republic of China, or ROC.
China’s state-run China Central Television (CCTV) unsuccessfully sought to have Taiwan’s Radio Taiwan International (RTI) ejected from the Association of International Broadcasters (AIB), a trade association, in exchange for its application and participation as a member. RTI has been an AIB member since 1999.
China threatens not to host the 2021 World Medical Association General Assembly in Beijing if Taiwan Medical Association’s name is not changed to not include the world Taiwan.
Foreign companies operating in China have been asked to change or remove any reference of Taiwan as a separate country to Taiwan, China. Companies that have complied include the hotel chain Marriott International, the fashion chain Zara, Delta Air Lines, Qantas, British Airways, Lufthansa, Mercedes-Benz, Bosch, and AirAsia. Taiwanese crew flying for Emirates and Qatar Airways have had to change or hide their nationality.
When you are facing a great bully, do you comply with his demands, or do you stand up to him?