MOFA protests S. Korea ARC downgrade
By Joseph Yeh , The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said that it has continued to launch protests against the downgrading of Taiwan's status in the alien registration cards issued by South Korea to Taiwanese nationals.
September 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
So far, however, the South Korean government has not amended the error it made in the alien registration cards, in which it mistakenly lists Taiwan as part of China, a MOFA spokeswoman said.
A Chinese-language newspaper reported yesterday that all foreign nationals who are granted residency in South Korea are issued an alien registration card by that country's government.
The nationality of Taiwanese residents on the cards, however, is being listed as “China (Taiwan)” instead of Taiwan or Republic of China, a move that implies Taiwan is part of China, the Apple Daily report said.
Asked to comment, MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said yesterday that the Taiwanese government has been actively dealing with the matter for years.
“We have been pushing the Korean government (to amend the mistake) for some time and we hope it can do so as soon as possible,” Kao noted.
Like most countries in the world, Seoul recognizes Beijing instead of Taipei and therefore adheres to the “one China” policy that regards Taiwan as part of China.
The controversy is similar to one previously seen in Japan when the nationality of Taiwanese residents there was listed as “China” instead of “Taiwan” on that nation's alien resident cards.
An amendment to Japan's immigration law passed in July 2009, however, changed the controversial nationality issue.
In July 2012, the Japanese government's new residency management system solved the issue because Taiwanese citizens living in Japan now have their nationality listed as “Taiwanese” rather than “Chinese.”
Ex-Japanese PM to Visit
Also yesterday, Kao said MOFA will offer all the assistance it can to former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan during his visit to Taipei later this month.
“Our representative office in Japan has established contact with his (Kan's) office, and we told them that should they need any kind of assistance during their Taipei trip, the Foreign Ministry will be happy to help,” Kao noted.
Local media said yesterday that the former leader is scheduled to visit Taiwan from Sept. 12 to 15 at the invitation of a local anti-nuclear power group.
Kan is reportedly scheduled to visit Taiwan's First Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei. He is also expected to meet with the Taiwanese anti-nuclear lobby.
Kan served as Japanese Prime Minister from June 2010 to September 2011.