The foreign ministry has made representation to Papua New Guinea about the country’s removal of the phrase “Republic of China” from Taiwan’s local representative office.
The Republic of China is Taiwan’s official name. The full name of Taiwan’s representative office in the Pacific island country is the “Trade Mission of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) in Papua New Guinea.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrew Lee said Tuesday that Papua New Guinea has forced Taiwan’s representative office to change its name, to remove its sign and to take off consular license plates from its vehicles.
Lee said it’s regrettable that Papua New Guinea has bowed to pressure from China in making these decisions. He said the government has already lodged a protest with Papua New Guinea’s foreign ministry and the country’s representative office in Taipei.
Lee also accused China of suppressing Taiwan.
“Taiwan is still in deep sadness following the Hualien earthquake. China’s high-profile announcement that it is suppressing Taiwan on the diplomatic front has hurt the feelings of Taiwanese people and even caused a negative reaction. We find this deeply regrettable," said Lee.
However, Lee said the foreign ministry was aware of the move beforehand, adding that the removal of the sign from the representative office was a “gradual process.”