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Croatian visa rules list ‘Taiwan, PRC’

DEAL OR NO DEAL:A foreign ministry official said the benefits of easy travel to Croatia outweighed declining the deal based on a label the world has recognized since 1971

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

He said the ministry decided to put on hold the disagreement over the naming issue for the time being and instead to “make friends” with Croatia and countries in similar situations “without forcing them to do things they are unable to do.”

The EU refers to the country as “Taiwan” in its visa-waiver program, but the practice has not been adopted by all EU members. While Slovenia does not follow the -practice, for example, fellow Schengen area member Estonia does.

Under Romania’s visa regime, Taiwan is deemed an entity or territory that is not recognized as a state by at least one member state.

The ministry had conducted a survey by keying in “Taiwan, Province of China” using Google and more than 80 million results came out ranging from governments, academic institutions, companies and non-governmental organizations, Lee said.

“In a single EU country, there are about 200,000 to 300,000 results coming out from the search. The ministry has been working on this in the same spirit as the foolish old man Yugong (愚公) did in moving away mountains,” Lee said.

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