Beijing's recent move to ban a travel guidebook over its depiction of Taiwan as a country separate from China is irrational and inconceivable, Taiwanese officials said yesterday.
At issue is the English-language version of the China Travel Guide published by Australian-based Lonely Planet Publications, which includes a regional map that uses different colors to mark China and Taiwan to indicate they are two separate countries.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently confirmed the book has been banned.
Cabinet Spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey (
"It's a fact that Taiwan and China have been ruled by two governments in no way subordinate to each other," he said.
Lonely Planet is not the only publisher that had described Taiwan and China as separate countries, Shieh said, adding that the fact is also accepted by many other international publishers, international non-government organizations and Web sites.
Commenting on the matter, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson Phoebe Yeh (
"The Lonely Planet book simply represents the truth. Foreign tourists don't confuse Taiwan and China as the same country. They all know that they need to apply for separate visas for Taiwan from the country's overseas representative offices," Yeh said.