TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An online petition calling for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to stop naming Taiwan as a province of China has received over 287,000 signatures worldwide.
As an increasing number of people worldwide become aware of China's unprecedented influence over the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and many other international organizations, a petition launched in 2013 on the US-based platform Change.org has returned to the media spotlight.
The petition, initiated by a person identified as Judy Lin, the board director of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance, is asking the international standard-making body to face the fact that Taiwan is a free country where people can freely elect their leaders and that it is not a "province of China."
The petition reads "Taiwan has its own political, postal, financial, and socioeconomic systems that are run independently" and demands the organization rectify the mistake.
It also states that China has been threatening Taiwan militarily over the past six decades and contorting itself into ever more absurd claims over the independent island nation.
Earlier in March on the same platform, a petition calling for Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign as WHO director-general received nearly one million signatures.
A link to the ISO petition can be found here.