TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A Taiwanese professor found that an institute in Australia changed the name of ‘Taiwan Island’ on a map in his academic paper to ‘Chinese Taipei Island,’ reports said Saturday.
Chinese pressure has forced multinational companies to remove references to Taiwan as a separate country, while until now, the name ‘Chinese Taipei’ was mostly used at sports events. On November 24, a referendum proposal to change to use the name ‘Taiwan’ for sports failed to gain enough support.
The Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute, based in Australia, apparently reprinted maps from a 2003 academic paper by Lin Tien-shun (林殿順), now assistant professor at National Central University in Taoyuan City, the Central News Agency reported.
Lin said a friend told him he had found all references to Taiwan changed to ‘Chinese Taipei,’ with even completely apolitical terms like ‘Taiwan Island’ and ‘Taiwan Strait’ being revised to the previously unheard-of ‘Chinese Taipei Island’ and ‘Chinese Taipei Strait.’
The professor said he had written a letter to the chairman of the Global CCS Institute to protest against what he called the grave political interference in academic research.