Taiwan redesigns passport to avoid ‘Republic of China’ confusion

Taiwan has since shrugged off political connections with China as part of its transition to full democracy. However, it has retained Republic of China as its official name, along with the constitution, flag and state institutions brought from China.

Despite the political divide, China continues to claim Taiwan as its own territory and has required foreign countries and multinational companies to refer to the island as a part of China.

Asked about the passport change at a daily briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said “the fact that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China will never change” regardless of what “tricks” are played by the governing pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.

Beijing also responded angrily when “Taiwan” was added to the cover of the Taiwanese passport more than a decade ago and has increasingly lashed out at assertions of the island’s political independence.

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