TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The official website of the Australian Attorney-General’s Department lists Taiwan as a “country."
As reported by the Australian Chinese Daily, Taiwan is listed as a “country” in the Transparency Register on the website of Attorney-General’s Department.
The Australian Chinese Daily explains that foreign invested enterprises that are involved in lobbying activities in Australia must voluntarily register themselves under the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme.
The current published register includes 120 companies. OPIC Australia PTY Ltd., a subsidiary of Taiwan's CPC Corporation, is listed as a company whose “foreign principal country” is Taiwan.
The lobbyist representing OPIC Australia is Shell Australia, and the registered activities are “general political lobbying” and “parliamentary lobbying.”
Taiwan listed as a country in the Transparency Register (Screenshot of the web page)
Taiwanese netizens are understandably delighted by the news, considering China has been publicly, if not brazenly, pressuring international corporations to stop calling Taiwan a country. Australia's Qantas Airways happens to be one of them.
Last year, the then Foreign Minister of Australia, Julie Bishop, warned Beijing against using threats to pressure Qantas and other companies to refer to Taiwan as part of China, rather than a separate country.