Taiwan decries climate group classification

World | 28 Sep 2020

The dispute over international organizations referring to Taiwan as Chinese has moved from wild bird conservation to climate change, after a global alliance of mayors began listing Taiwanese cities as belonging to China on its website.

China has ramped up pressure on international groups and companies, no matter how small or obscure, to refer to democratic Taiwan as being part of China, to the anger of Taiwan's government and many of its people.

Late on Saturday, the government of the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung said the website of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy had begun listing Taiwan member cities like itself as part of China. Taiwan's government yesterday reacted with anger.

"Taiwan is Taiwan. China is China. Taiwan is not a city of China's. If there is incorrect usage, we think this is extremely improper," Premier Su Tseng-chang said.

"China hopes to make Taiwan part of it in the world ... This is not in line with the facts."


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