Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) strongly condemns the Chinese authorities for their recent outrageous demand that 66 multinational companies change their designation for Taiwan to “Taiwan, China”.
These firms, which were among the world’s top 500 companies in 2017, including Apple, Nike, Amazon and Siemens, were named in the Blue Book on the Cyber Rule of Law in China 2018 as having identified Taiwan as such rather than by “Taiwan, China” and were threatened with penalty.
The book was published recently by the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Internet Development Research Institution of Peking University.
Following its coercion of airlines and multinational companies in early 2018, this is a new request from China to change companies’ references to Taiwan on their websites. MOFA strongly urges China to refrain from further actions to avoid harming the feelings of the Taiwanese people and the amicable development of cross-strait relations.
China’s moves to impose its executive and judicial jurisdiction as well as political ideology on foreign companies not only expose its malicious intent in using political tactics to interfere with private enterprises, but also violate the spirit of free international commerce.
MOFA once again calls on the international community not to remain silent and accommodating in order to prevent the Chinese government from intensifying its intimidation. MOFA also calls on related countries to take stock of China??s bullying measures and take necessary steps to assist these companies refuse China??s unreasonable demands.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic of China (Taiwan)