EU helps Taiwan win in naming dispute with China

Taiwan expressed satisfaction on Monday and said the European Union had stepped in to help after a Brussels-based environmental NGO began listing on its website its six Taiwan member cites as belonging to China Reuters reports.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy received letters from the mayors of the cities concerned calling for the decision to be reversed.

China has been pressuring international groups and companies to refer on their websites and in official documents to Taiwan as being part of China, to the ire of Taiwan’s government and many of its people.

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said after the protest, the group had reverted to its original designation of the cities as being part of Chinese Taipei, a name Taiwan uses in some international bodies like the Olympics to avoid Beijing’s objections to their participation.

The European Union “helped us in this effort”, Wu told parliament, without giving details.

“We are very happy that with everyone’s hard work the name has reverted,” he said.

“Though some people may not be happy with this name, at least the way we participate is not placed under another country.”

No EU member states have diplomatic ties with Taiwan and the EU itself tends to keep a low profile when it comes to Taiwan, wary of upsetting China, its second largest trading partner.

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