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Man to embark on patriotic world tour as 'human-flag'

TAIPEI--A Taiwanese man has decided to set out on a six-month bicycle journey around the globe, not just to see the world, but to let the whole world see his patriotism.

Teddy Liao, who prefers to be known as “Taiwan Floatman,” will wear a T-shirt printed with the Republic of China's national flag and perform “human flag” maneuvers in which he makes his body parallel to the ground while holding a pole at famous scenic sites in various countries.

Liao, 28, who has sold his bike shop in central Taiwan's Taichung city, told CNA that he's motivated to quit his job and travel in this unusual way because he is patriotic and is concerned about Taiwan's unique international status.

The island of 23 million people is not recognized as a country by the United Nations because China considers it a province to be reunified one day.

As a result of Beijing's objections to Taiwan being treated as a country, Taiwan is often barred from participating in international organizations that require statehood or using its official name — the Republic of China — at international events. The R.O.C. moved its seat to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war to the Chinese Communist Party.

Despite the warming ties between Taiwan and China, Taiwan is still not allowed to show its flag at international sports events, and thus many patriotic Taiwanese people or athletes make a point of showing Taiwan's flag in the audience sections or on the stage of sports competitions or other events.

June 25, 2012    allrange@
GREAT!! Finally a Taiwanese that stands up for Taiwan as a country it truly is. I only hope more Taiwanese will stand up to your political cowards here in Taiwan.
June 25, 2012    carltanong@
Lets us salute to Teddy Liao for his patriotism. Republic of China Taiwan will live millions of years.

Those QUISLING DPPigs, TSUnit731 and specially LVeggie Tsai Ing-wen.
REMEMBER....
Republic of China is NOT a "government in exile". It's u and the QUISLING NIPPONESE_LEE TENG HUI should self-exile to any of Japan island.

LONG LIVE Republic of China Taiwan.
June 26, 2012    hsiehmingyu@
The only confusion is that it is the flag of the 'Republic of China'.

Seriously, even some Taiwanese are confused about ROC and Taiwan, how do we expect foreigners to understand one from the other? We either rename the flag as the Taiwan flag, or, change the flag altogether.

From a branding standpoint (and I work for an ad agency), this conundrum involving Taiwan and ROC and PRC is so confusing, so wonder other nationalities wonder where Taiwan is on the world map. We need to be clear - we are Taiwan.
June 28, 2012    carltanong@
........and Taiwan is 'Republic of China'.....where I was born, raised for four years and continue to adore and cherish her till the end of time.....even if I'm just only 11 o'clock (not pure Chinese) but a PURE Chinese INSIDE my heart.

Even my Foreign and Taiwanese friends are proud to call Taiwan as Republic of China. Because they know Taiwan is Republic of China. They know the history of how Republic of China was born and her FLAG was stained with bloods from those millions of young man and woman who died for her.

Those some Taiwanese who was confused was self inflicted by their own subconscious about Republic of China and her FLAG, was just only ALIBI for some purposes that we understand.

But there is NO WAY for those who lost their own SENSE to do what they want to do nonSENSE.
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