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UNIVERSIADE: 'Taiwan' back in English media guide

2017/08/11 20:57:56

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) The bizarre phenomenon in the media guide for the upcoming Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade that saw the name "Taiwan" replaced by "Chinese Taipei" has been corrected, a Taipei city government official said Friday.

The changed version of the Universiade brochure for the press has been delivered for printing, said Hsiao Chun-chieh (蕭君杰), division chief of the city's Department of Information and Tourism.

Asked about the controversy over Taiwan's designation, Hsiao explained that the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade Organizing Committee, chaired by Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), originally wrote "Taiwan" when introducing the country in the media guide.

However, the designation was later changed to "Chinese Taipei" by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the organizing body of the Universiade, during its final review of the guide, Hsiao said.

After the changed version was uploaded online for the media to have time to learn about the event, slated for Aug. 19-30, it generated immediate controversy, he went on. Now, the organizing committee has changed the geographic term back to "Taiwan" and has notified the FISU of the change.

"So far, the committee has not yet received (the FISU's) response," Hsiao said.

Despite that, the changed guide was sent for printing on Thursday, with 1,500 copies to be printed, he noted.

In the original version of the Universiade media guide, "Chinese Taipei" is used not only to refer to the Taiwanese team and delegation, but also to the actual island of Taiwan.

"Chinese Taipei is long and narrow [and] lies north to south. It has an area of around 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles) and has a population of around 23 million people," the guide had read before the correction.

Now the changed version reads "Introduction of Our Island -- Taiwan."

"Taiwan is long and narrow that lies north to south. It has an area of around 36,000 square kilometers (14,400 square miles) and has a population of around 23 million people."

In 1971, Taiwan -- officially the Republic of China (ROC) -- was forced to withdraw from the United Nations after the People's Republic of China (PRC) was recognized as the only lawful representative of China to the U.N.

To continue to compete in the Olympic Games, Taiwan signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland in 1981 to use the name "Chinese Taipei" and to carry a flag bearing the Olympic rings and a white sun in a blue sky, instead of the ROC national flag, as its Olympic flag.

The Olympic formula must be followed in the Universiade, Yang Ching-tang (楊景棠), a spokesman for the Universiade, has said.

(By Liang Pei-chi and Elizabeth Hsu)