Taiwan said China has been pressuring the governments of five countries in the Middle East, Africa and South America to force the island to change the names of its unofficial representative offices.
The foreign ministry said that Beijing had pressured Nigeria, Bahrain, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Ecuador to remove “Republic of China” — Taiwan’s formal name — or “Taiwan” from Taiwan’s trade offices. None of the five is among Taiwan’s 20 remaining official allies.
Antonio Chen, director general of the ministry’s Department of West Asia and African Affairs, was quoted by the official Central News Agency on Wednesday as saying that Taiwan’s office in Dubai, in the UAE, had already changed its name from the “Commercial Office of ROC (Taiwan)” to the “Commercial Office of Taipei.”
Meanwhile, Taiwan has already recalled its representative to Nigeria and suspended its mission’s work there after the Nigerian government said it “could not guarantee its safety,” Chen was quoted as saying.
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