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Taiwan's office to Fiji changes name due to Chinese pressure

2019/07/31 14:09

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Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Taiwan's representative office to Fiji has been forced to remove the country's official name, "Republic of China" (ROC), from the designation of the office as a result of Chinese pressure, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.

Originally named Trade Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Fiji, the mission changed its name to Taipei Trade Office in Fiji on Wednesday, according to a MOFA statement.

MOFA said the name change was made after the Fijian government repeatedly asked Taiwan to do so, citing pressure from China that considers Taiwan to be part of its territory.

Taiwan's government condemned Beijing for pressuring the Pacific island country, MOFA said.

The ministry had already protested to Fiji over the matter but to no avail. Efforts will continue to persuade the Fijian government to allow the office to revert to its original name as soon as possible, it added.

Taiwan has had a mission in Fiji since 1971.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Fiji was the first Pacific Island country to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China in 1975.

The change in the mission's name also means that currently none of Taiwan's overseas representative office contains the R.O.C. name in their official designations.

(By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh) Enditem/AW