Friday, February 16, 2007

No more China on Taiwanese stamps

According to the Malaysia Sun, thousands of Taiwan postal employees and others clashed with police over the upcoming name-change that deletes references to "China" on Taiwanese stamps and other government organizations and agencies.

Currently, Taiwan's stamps bear the Chinese and English words 'Republic of China,' which is Taiwan's formal title.

The state-owned postal company formally changed its name from Chunghwa Post Co ("Chunghwa" means China) to Taiwan Post Co on Monday, and plans to issue its first set of stamps marked "Taiwan" on Feb. 28 in a move likely to anger Beijing.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory and is deeply suspicious of any move that downplays the island's cultural and historical ties to China or suggests the island is an independent entity. The two sides split in 1949 when the Nationalists were forced to flee China after a protracted civil war.

Shown above are Chinese stamps (Scott 1310-11) issued in 1977 for the 30th Anniversary of the February 28 Uprising of People of Taiwan Province.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM