Taiwan irked by name change, gets correction


TAIPEI–Taiwan lodged a successful protest with the Indonesian government after it listed Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China on its foreign ministry’s website, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

Local media reported Thursday morning that the Indonesian foreign ministry listed Taiwan as “Taiwan, PRC” on a webpage that specified which countries’ tourists can apply for a visa-on arrival.

MOFA subsequently asked Taiwan’s representative to Indonesia to file a protest to the Indonesian government. Concurrently, MOFA submitted its own objection to Indonesia’s representative office in Taipei, MOFA spokesman James Chang said.

The Indonesian government quickly corrected the error Thursday afternoon, replacing the “Taiwan, PRC” reference with “Chinese Taipei.”

“Chinese Taipei” is the most common moniker for Taiwan when participating in international organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, the World Health Assembly, and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).