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UPS bootlicks Beijing by listing Taiwan as part of China

UPS bows to Beijing with 'Taiwan, China' listing on website

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(UPS.com screenshot)

(UPS.com screenshot)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — United Parcel Service (UPS) has joined the growing list of corporations that have kowtowed to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by changing the listing for Taiwan on its corporate website to "Taiwan, China."

On Wednesday (Aug. 19), a user of the Taiwan section of the social media site Reddit noticed that Taiwan is erroneously listed as part of China on the package delivery company's website and wrote "Soooo . . . UPS works for the CCP now?" A look at the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine reveals the website used to list Taiwan as a separate country on its homepage and its "Find locations" page for many years.

However, at some point between Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 in 2019, the package delivery company changed its listing on the top of its homepage from "Taiwan" to "Taiwan, China." It also made the same change to the country's listing under "Find locations."

UPS bootlicks Beijing by listing Taiwan as part of China
Sept. 2 archived view of homepage still showing Taiwan as separate country. (Internet Archive screenshot)

When President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) first took office in 2016, she refused to recognize the so-called "1992 Consensus," acknowledging only that the 1992 Taiwan-China talks were a "historical fact." In response, China has been seeking to punish Taiwan by excluding it from international organizations, stealing away diplomatic allies, and intimidating government bodies, corporations, and universities into de-listing Taiwan as a country.

UPS has yet to respond to a request from Taiwan News for comment.

UPS bootlicks Beijing by listing Taiwan as part of China
Homepage as it appears now with erroneous "Taiwan, China" listing. (UPS.com screenshot)

UPS bootlicks Beijing by listing Taiwan as part of China
Find Drop-off Points Near You page now lists Taiwan as "Taiwan, China." (UPS screenshot)