Wed, May 17, 2006 - Page 3 News List

US postal service rectifies Web site references to nation

By NadiA Tsao  /  STAFF REPORTER IN WASHINGTON , WITH CNA

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has agreed to revise all references to the nation on its Web site from "a province of China" to "Taiwan" as requested by the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), the Washington-based pro-Taiwan independence group said.

The postal service also issued an apology for having referred to Taiwan as a Chinese province, it added.

FAPA sent a letter to the postal service early last month at the request of its members. The letter stated that as an enterprise established by the US Congress, the postal service should abide by the rules and regulations of the US State Department, referring to a 1996 State Department memorandum that requests all relevant US government agencies and officials to refer to Taiwan as "Taiwan."

In a letter to FAPA dated May 9, the postal service stated that it regretted the error.

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