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Bilingual “I am Taiwanese” sticker sent to help locals: MOFA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said it has prepared stickers with the slogan “I am Taiwanese” to give to Taiwanese businesses in Vietnam to help them differentiate themselves from Chinese nationals amid the latest wave of anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.

The ministry has prepared more than 20,000 stickers written in both Vietnamese and English that read “I am Taiwanese, I am from Taiwan,” according to MOFA.

The ministry will urge Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam to post the stickers outside their factories or facilities so that Vietnamese anti-China protestors can tell the difference between Taiwanese and Chinese nationals.

Vietnamese have been staging protests recently after Beijing deployed an oil rig in disputed waters as naval ships from both countries engaged in a tense standoff near the rig by the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea earlier this month.

The protests turned into riots this Tuesday when Vietnamese protesters damaged facilities owned by Taiwanese businesses and attacked Taiwanese people.

According to the latest information provided by Taipei's office in Hanoi, more than 100 Taiwanese companies in Vietnam suffered from different levels of damage during the riot, and at least two Taiwanese were reported injured.

The MOFA previously suspected that the attacks against Taiwanese were because some Vietnamese protesters could not distinguish between Taiwanese businesses and Chinese ones.

Briefing lawmakers with the latest developments yesterday, Foreign Minster David Lin (林永樂) said the situation in Vietnam was stabilized after local authorities mobilized military and police to contain the situation.

As a self-defense effort, the ministry has prepared the stickers for Taiwanese nationals. They can put them up at their homes or offices if they wish, the minister said.

Taiwan Will Not Work with China on

South China Sea Issue

Meanwhile, Lin yesterday stressed that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will not cooperate in the South China Sea sovereignty issue when asked to comment on the Chinese government's Wednesday remarks about Taiwan and China joining hands on the South China Sea issue and the Chinese government's commitment to protect Taiwanese in Vietnam.

During his report at the Legislative Yuan, Lin said the ministry believes that the violence against Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam has not reached the point where a full-scale evacuation is needed. However, it has been offering assistance to help Taiwanese people working there to return home if they desire.

The minister said his staff has been doing whatever they can to ensure the safety of Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam and arranging transportation for those who wish to come back to Taiwan as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Lin yesterday said the ministry could later file a legal suit against the Vietnamese government demanding compensation for those Taiwanese businessmen whose properties were damaged during the protest.

May 16, 2014    curtisakbar@
LOL this should be the new sticker;

I am Chinese, but not the Chinese you are angry with... we still claim large areas of the South China Sea but we don't go setting up oil rigs.
May 16, 2014    krane8@
Listen everyone, the Vietnamese government is fully capable of STOPPING these riots against Chinese and Taiwanese businesses across Vietnam. Remember that their government is corrupt and oppressive at the same time. Riots or demonstrations would not have been allowed without the OK from the government there. In fact, it might just as well been instigated by the government itself.

The people there also know what particular businesses are Taiwanese and Chinese as well. This is a concerted effort to take over and drive out both Taiwanese and Chinese businesses from the country. No doubt about that. If the Vietnamese government isn't honestly happy with China, they can clearly shift the rioters to Chinese businesses only. Bottom line is, it is a game their government is playing.

Taiwan should make a stand. Perhaps by freezing all investments in Vietnam until further notice. This is just embarrassingly ridiculous.
May 16, 2014    michaeltaiwan@
Usually you lot insist Taiwan is a Province of China. Make up your mind it's confusing us all.
May 16, 2014    thomaslagrua@
The word that comes to mind for people that would differentiate themselves from others so as not to be attacked while others are attacked is "Cowardice."

It is not about "I am Chinese" or "I am Taiwanese." It is about standing together as Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, American, European . . . so as to not to be divided and conquered by Corporate Business interests.

Think about it! This dispute concerns the profits of corporations. In the reality of everyday living/surviving of the people, geopolitical business interests have nothing to do with "we the people"; yet the people are the ones that are fighting. Why?
May 18, 2014    ultrableu@
Absurd! Don't you think you can fool them? They dare not attack our compatriots from the Mainland, so they target us! We must instead unite with the Other Side and protect the borders of our common Motherland!
May 18, 2014    ultrableu@
michaeltaiwan@ wrote:
Usually you lot insist Taiwan is a Province of China. Make up your mind it's confusing us all.
It's not confusing; it's mere cowardice.
We might instead proudly say we're from the Taiwan Area of R.O.C. Anyway, we're Chinese and as such, the Other Side has every right to bring the rig and drill in Chinese EEZ, no matter the official name of the same and one country on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
May 20, 2014    edann77@
curtisakbar@ wrote:
LOL this should be the new sticker;

I am Chinese, but not the Chinese you are angry with... we still claim large areas of the South China Sea but we don't go setting up oil rigs.
lol... that's a good one.
May 20, 2014    edann77@
So MOFA with its huge budget, and supposedly internationally exposed and intelligent personnel has decided to print bumper stickers to protect Taiwan's citizens?!?
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A sticker written in both Vietnamese and English that reads “I am Taiwanese, I am from Taiwan,” is seen in this photograph provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MOFA said it has prepared these stickers to be distributed to Taiwanese businesses in Vietnam to help them differentiate themselves from Chinese nationals amid the latest wave of anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. (CNA)

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