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Refusing to mention ROC? Respect facts, please: MAC

2017/07/20 21:41:00

Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Taiwan's top China policy agency called on Beijing Thursday to "respect facts" after the Chinese authorities banned the Chinese media from using the name "Republic of China" - the official title of Taiwan.

In a move intended to increase pressure on Taiwan, China's official Xinhua News Agency published a set of guidelines for the Chinese media when referring to Taiwanese authorities, including not allowing the media to report the Taiwanese version of the "1992 consensus."

The "1992 consensus" was a tacit agreement reached in Hong Kong in 1992 between China and Taiwan, then under Kuomintang (KMT) rule, that there is only one China, with the two sides free to have their own interpretation of what that means. Many in Taiwan see this as "one China, with different interpretations."

Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), vice chairman and spokesman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), urged Chinese media to "fully report reality and respect the fact that the Republic of China exists."

The list of "don'ts regarding reportage on Taiwan" also bans the Chinese media from using the term "President (Vice President) of the Republic of China." Instead, they are instructed to use "leader (deputy leader) of the Taiwan authorities."

In the same way, Chinese media must not say "Taiwan presidential election" and are required to describe such events as "leadership elections in the Taiwan area" or "Taiwan's general election."

Even the use of "Taiwan government" is not allowed, according to the Xinhua list, which says the media should avoid referring to any Taiwanese government agencies at the "national" or "central government" level.

By prohibiting the Chinese media from using terms that depict the facts, "the Beijing authorities are suppressing and manipulating press freedom and severely restricting the rights of the Chinese people," said Chiu.

By announcing so many "banned terms" regarding cross-strait affairs, China is merely drawing attention to the fact that it is unable to view the real cross-strait situation objectively and practically, he said.

"Such a policy reflects the Chinese leadership's intransigent thinking and inclination to create an impasse, which will widen the knowledge gap between Taiwan and China" and not help to increase mutual understanding," said Chiu.

He said the right thing to do would be to allow the Chinese media to "fully reflect" the reality of cross-strait ties and respect the fact of the ROC's existence so that people on both sides of the strait can better understand each other by reading reports that reflect the real world situation.

(By Miao Tzung-han and S.C. Chang)