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Taiwan protests against name change by Swedish agency

2018/03/04 13:53:38

Taipei, March 4 (CNA) Taiwan's government has lodged a protest against a change of its designation to a "province of China" on the website of the Swedish Tax Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday.

In its protest, MOFA said, it called for the designation "Taiwan" to be maintained.

The protest was lodged in response to a statement by the Swedish Tax Agency on Feb. 28, saying that Taiwan will now be listed on the agency's website as a province of China, based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) code.

The foreign ministry has directed its representative office in Sweden to tell the Swedish government that such a change is unacceptable to the government and people of Taiwan, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

The designation "Taiwan" must be reinstated to ensure national dignity and the people's rights, he said, adding that Sweden's representative office in Taipei has also been informed of Taiwan's position on the matter.

(By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)