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Trip to Taipei hypermart raises a global question

By Chen Wen-chan, Kao Chia-ho and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

A Taipei businessman is questioning the government’s stance on national sovereignty after discovering table globes for sale in Taipei that showed Taiwan as a part of China.

Chang Chin-te (張金德), owner of the Papago Food Co, said he recently went to an RT-Mart store in Taipei to buy a table globe for a relative because he thought it would be a good way to educate children about the world.

Chang said he was upset to find two models of globes on sale at the hypermart have Taiwan in the same color as China, indicating it is part of the People’s Republic of China.

In a posting on his Facebook page, Chang urged consumers to boycott these globes to support that “Taiwan is not part of China.”

“The table globe showed Taiwan as part of China and nowhere did it mention the Republic of China [ROC],” he said.

“The maps on the table globes are an absurd mistake. It is contrary to our nation’s Constitution and our sovereign status,” Chang said.

“The government is in charge of regulating imports. Does it not see anything wrong with these table globes?” he said.

Saying such globes are mostly used by students, whom he called “the future pillars of the nation,” Chang asked how to explain the ROC’s sovereign territory.

“When students can not find Taiwan-ROC on a global map, they will think we are part of China,” Chang said.

A spokesperson for RT-Mart said the company will discuss the issue with the table globes’ distributor and will ask the distributor to replace them with products showing the correct map information.

Additional reporting by Yu Chao-fu

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