Magazine June 25, 2018, Issue

Taiwan’s Challenge

Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Eurasia / Robert Harding / Getty Images)
It continues to carve out its own identity, despite Beijing’s wishes to the contrary


The battle over boarding-pass nomenclature became an instructive episode in contemporary cross-Strait relations once the United States joined in. As part of its long-standing strategy to marginalize Taiwan internationally, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) often directs international corporations to refer to Taiwan as a Chinese territory. This fits the “one-China principle” that is Beijing’s mandate. It also omits the fact, uncomfortable for the Communist Party of China, that a prosperous Chinese democracy thrives on that fractious island. Nonetheless, Western companies — Marriott, Gap — tend to roll over once the command is given and apologize for any language that

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