Taiwan’s Flag: “This is a Matter for the Regent Street Association”

Chinese officials are believed to have raised concerns over the use of Taiwan’s flag at the Regent Street Association’s display.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We contacted the RSA (Regent Street Association) and suggested they might want to talk to LOCOG regarding the flag under which Taiwan participates in the Olympics. With all parties we have been clear that this is a matter for the RSA.”

London Evening Standard, July 26, 2012

The tale of how we came to be called “Chinese Taipei” is worth repeating. Taiwan withdrew from the United Nations in 1971 after the world body recognized the communist People’s Republic of China. Soon after, the ROC on Taiwan began to be squeezed out of other international organizations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) informed Taiwan that it could no longer participate as the Republic of China.

The IOC suggested some alternative titles including “China, Taipei,” “Taiwan” and even “Formosa.” At the time, China was still quite weak on the world stage and incapable of resisting the IOC’s name ideas. In fact, China back then would have been quite pleased to have Taiwan compete as “Taiwan,” as the name would have indicated that Taiwan had rescinded its claim to the whole of China. Taiwan’s leaders of the time, however, could not accept any of the three name ideas as all three were politically inaccurate, as far as they were concerned.

The China Post, August 12, 2008

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