Chinese reference added again to Taiwan fan ID for Qatar 2022

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Taiwan accused China of bullying on Monday after World Cup organizers in Qatar again changed the benchmark for Taiwanese visitors requesting an ID card that doubles as an entry visa to state their nationality as ” Chinese Taipei”.

All World Cup ticket holders must apply for the Hayya card used to identify supporters, which also serves as a visa for Qatar, but the Taiwanese government has expressed concern after it was discovered that the online application system did not work. no mention of the island.

It was later listed as “Taiwan, Province of China”, terminology that also irritates the government of Taiwan and many of its people, and then changed again to simply “Taiwan”, earning praise from the government of Taipei.

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However, the list changed again, to “Chinese Taipei”, the name Taiwan uses to participate in most international sporting events like the Olympics to avoid political issues.

China’s Foreign Ministry expressed “appreciation” for the Qatari government’s “adherence to the one-China principle and its handling of relevant issues in accordance with usual practices for international sporting events”.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry condemned the move, saying the organizers were “unable to strictly reject the intervention of inappropriate political forces.”

China has engaged in “bullying” and “repeatedly and blatantly used its fictitious ‘one China principle’ to continue to demean Taiwan internationally and create the false impression that Taiwan belongs to the China,” he added.

There was no immediate response to requests for comment from World Cup organizers or the Qatari government’s communications office.

Taiwan’s democratically elected government rejects China’s sovereignty claims, saying only islanders can decide their own future.

China, seeking to assert its sovereignty claims, has intensified pressure for countries and foreign companies to refer to Taiwan as part of China in official documents and on websites, with wordings such as “Taiwan , province of China” or “Taiwan, China”. ”.

Taiwan have never made the World Cup final and crashed out in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 tournament last year after losing all eight matches.

Taiwan does not have diplomatic relations with Qatar, which, like most countries, only recognizes the Chinese government.

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