PUBLISHED: 15:02, Wed, Sep 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:02, Wed, Sep 2, 2020
Taiwan is an autonomous island but is officially known as the Republic of China, which is labelled on the passport. Due to the formal name of the country on the passport, nationals have now complained they've had trouble entering certain countries. The new passport will allegedly retain the Chinese symbols but will have the name, ‘Taiwan’ in large letters in English.
Foreign minister, Joseph Wu, has insisted due to the controversy surrounding China due to the coronavirus and worsening tensions around the world, many countries have stepped up further checks for citizens.
Wu said: “Since the beginning of the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak this year our people have kept hoping that we can give more prominence to Taiwan's visibility, avoiding people mistakenly thinking they are from China.”
Taiwan has maintained its independence from China despite Beijing pledging to one day return it to the mainland.
This pledged spawned from Xi Jinping’s ‘One China’ policy whereby Beijing has claimed several island and chains as its own due to previous historical claims.
China news: Taiwan risks Beijing's fury (Image: PA)
China news: Xi Jinping (Image: PA)
Taiwan has also pledged to allow activists attempting to leave Hong Kong following the creation of the new security law.
Taiwan’s China policy-making Mainland Affairs Council urged Hong Kong to return to normal relations between the two despite the state of affairs in the city.
It said in a statement to Reuters: “Hong Kong should follow mutual agreements to ensure the office is free from political interference, and should not establish unnecessary obstacles beyond those agreements.”
Due to this and the state of relations between the two states, a Taiwanese representative in Hong Kong, Kao Ming-tsun left the city.
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China news: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (Image: PA)