Premier William Lai says that Beijing’s pressure on other countries to list Taiwan as part of China gives others the impression that China is a tyrant. Lai was speaking Tuesday while answering questions in the Legislature.
Sweden’s tax agency on February 28 listed Taiwan as a province of China instead of as the Republic of China, Taiwan’s official name. A number of multinational companies such as Mercedes-Benz and Lufthansa have also changed Taiwan’s designation on their websites due to pressure from Beijing.
Lai said China’s tactics only make the US and other Western countries more wary. Lai also expressed gratitude to countries that speak up in support of Taiwan’s sovereignty. He said, "Taiwan is a sovereign nation. Pressure from outside will not affect us in any way. While we see China’s oppressive power, we also want to thank those countries who support us and who safeguard national sovereignty and rights."