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Vietnam corrects ‘one China’ wording on e-visa system

Staff writer, with CNA

Vietnam has corrected information regarding Taiwan on its recently launched online system for foreigners applying for visas after Taipei brought up the issue with Hanoi, a Taiwanese official said yesterday.

Vietnam launched the online system earlier this year, which includes the wording “China (Taiwan),” said Bob Chen (陳龍錦), deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, at a regular news briefing.

Taipei demanded that Hanoi make corrections, and Vietnam has changed the wording to “Taiwan” for Taiwanese applying for visas to Vietnam through the online system, he added.

Another case was also reported recently, in which a Taiwanese was given a visa to Vietnam that uses “China (Taiwan)” in the column for describing nationality, Chen said.

“We have also raised the issue with Vietnam’s representative office in Taiwan,” he said, adding that Vietnam said it was a result of a mistake in its visa system.

The issue has been resolved and it has been changed to “Taiwan,” he said.

Taiwan needs to continue negotiating with Vietnam on correcting some information used in other Vietnamese official documents regarding Taiwanese, Chen said.

He cited as examples the marriage certificates and temporary residency certificates issued by Vietnam, which use “China (Taiwan)” or “Taiwan (China)” to describe Taiwanese.

“This is wrong and we will continue to negotiate with Vietnam on these issues,” Chen said.

Vietnam has a “one China” policy that recognizes Beijing as the sole ruler of China. China regards Taiwan as part of its territory.

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