Taiwan pushes for name change for Berlin office

14th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 October 2005, TAIPEI - The new Taiwan representative to Germany plans to push for a title change in the island's quasi embassy in Berlin, in a bid almost certain to irk China, a media report said Friday.

14 October 2005

TAIPEI - The new Taiwan representative to Germany plans to push for a title change in the island's quasi embassy in Berlin, in a bid almost certain to irk China, a media report said Friday.

A wire dispatch by Taiwan's semi-official Central News Agency quoted representative Shieh Jhy-wey as saying in Berlin on Thursday that he plans to change the office's title from "Taipei" to "Taiwan" Representative Office in Germany.

"The title 'Taipei Representative Office' does not represent Taiwan," said Shieh, who took up the German mission post recently.

Only by naming it "Taiwan Representative Office" will the interests of Taiwan's 23 million people be represented in Germany, he was quoted as saying.

Shieh said he will start the change by first using the new title on his name cards, in letterheads and in activities hosted by his office.

It is not immediately known whether the name-change plan would be successful as Germany, which maintains official ties with China, does not recognize Taiwan diplomatically.

But Shieh's bid is almost certain to rile China, which regards self-governing Taiwan as an integral province of the mainland and has strongly attacked an ongoing campaign in Taiwan to change the island's official title from "Republic of China" to "Taiwan".

Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China, a title adopted by the former nationalist (Kuomintang, KMT) government of China before its defeat by the communists in the civil war in 1949 and subsequent retreat to the island where it set up its government- in-exile.

Beijing has threatened to invade Taiwan if its make any formal declaration of independence.

DPA

Subject: German news

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