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Renewed calls for official government use of ‘China’

NEW WIND:Premier William Lai has used the word ‘China’ exclusively to describe the other side of the Taiwan Strait since replacing Lin Chuan, who used more cautious terms

By Chung Li-hua  /  Staff reporter

A high-level government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the Presidential Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have adhered to the principles of sovereignty, dignity and equality in their references to China, despite the use of different terms.

“Which terms they choose to use depends on the rhetorical context. There are ‘the other side,’ ‘Mainland China,’ ‘Beijing government’ and ‘China.’ Similarly, we also use ‘Washington,’ the ‘US side’ or the ‘US’ in different contexts,” the official said.

The government’s use of China’s full state name in the aftermath of several diplomatic crises, such as Panama’s severance of ties with Taiwan, suggests that it takes the principle to heart, the official added.

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