U.S. use of 'Chinese Taipei' is big warning: lawmaker
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- An opposition lawmaker has demanded that Taiwan's government defend the country's sovereignty by asking the U.S. government for a correction after referring to Taiwan as “Chinese Taipei” for the first time in official usage.
March 2, 2010, 9:55 am TWN
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the U.S. listed Taiwan as “Chinese Taipei” in a list of countries that were warned of a possible tsunami generated by a strong earthquake in Chile, said opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling.
The U.S. had never before used the “Chinese Taipei” moniker in official documents and U.S. leaders have never used such a term in dialogues with their Chinese counterparts, the lawmaker said.
Describing the U.S. move as “a big change and a serious warning,” Kuan criticized Taiwan's foreign ministry and other government agencies for failing to ask for a correction immediately.