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To Spanish-speaking allies China-Taiwan means ROC-Taiwan: MOFA

2018/08/16 15:40:03

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Spanish-speaking diplomatic allies frequently refer to Taiwan as "China-Taiwan," a designation that does not refer to Taiwan as part of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

MOFA's clarification came after Paraguay's newly sworn-in President Mario Abdo Benitez posted a tweet Aug. 14 that refers to Taiwan as "China-Taiwan." Some local media criticized the wording as misleading, saying it could make readers think Taiwan is part of the PRC.

Asked to comment, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said "China-Taiwan" is frequently used by Taiwan's Spanish-speaking allies as an abbreviation of Republic of China (Taiwan), the country's official name.

This designation has been used for a long time by different administrations across party lines among Taiwan's diplomatic allies. In official invitations and related official documents the Paraguayan government and Abdo Benitez sent to Taiwan, the country's full name has been used, Lee noted.

Lee said that during a meeting between Abdo Benitez and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the Paraguayan leader expressed gratitude for Tsai's participation in his inauguration ceremony.

He also pledged that the two countries will continue to enhance a closer strategic partnership under the shared values of democracy, Lee noted.

Paraguay is one of Taiwan's remaining 18 allies and the only one in South America.

(By Joseph Yeh)