ROC Flag removed from Regent Street

Originally among the world’s national flags hanging above Regent Street, the Republic of China’s flag (i. e. Taiwan’s flag) has been removed, the BBC’s Mandarin website reports. The BBC’s Chinese department contacted the Regent Street Association to ask for the reason, but were asked to contact the London Olympic organizers instead.

The BBC Mandarin website was then told by a press officer at the  London organizing committee that this issue was outside the London Olympics’ jurisdiction.

Taiwan takes part in a number of international events, including the Olympic Games, under the name of “Chinese Taipei” (中华台北 or chunghua taipei), a carefully crafted label to appease Beijing.

The London Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on Friday.

Advertisements

6 Responses to “ROC Flag removed from Regent Street”

  1. Typical of the Olympic organising committee’s CYA attitude – likely no-one in an official position had even seen the thing to complain, from the photo in the BBC story it could just as easily be the Burmese flag.

    Like

  2. Taiwan takes part in a number of international events, including the Olympic Games, under the name of “Chinese Taipei” (中华台北 or chunghua taipei), a carefully crafted label to appease Beijing.

    As far as I know, the name was chosen by KMT in the late 1970s, they were against the name “Taiwan”, which was one of the options on the table, because they thought it might send out the confusing message to the people, that ROC is only limited to “Taiwan province” instead of all of China (and possibly Mongolia). I think appeasing commies was not their main concern. What do you think?

    Like

  3. I think that Republic of China would have come more naturally, MKL.

    Like

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: