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German Foreign Ministry removed the national flag of the Republic of China, Taiwan's formal name, citing "One China Policy" as its reasoning.
By John Silk
Taiwan on Monday reacted with dismay to the German Foreign Ministry's decision to remove Taiwan's flag from its website.
Taiwan's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou told reporters "we have gravely expressed our government's position" to the German Institute Taipei, which is part of the German Foreign Ministry.
The national or territorial flags of all other countries and territories, including China's Hong Kong and Macao special administrative zones, are on the ministry website. But there is a blank space on Taiwan's page where an image of its flag had previously appeared.
Citing the different treatment of Taiwan in comparison with other countries and territories, spokeswoman Ou said her ministry "cannot accept this kind of discrimination."
Germany: One-China policy
Ou's comments, carried by the German DPA news agency, came in the wake of media reports that an image of Taiwan's flag had been taken down from the website that describes Berlin's bilateral relations.
German ministry spokesman Rainer Breul answered a question about the issue in a July 10 press conference, stating the alteration had been made because "we have a One China policy," according to the state-owned Radio Taiwan International (RTI) and media outlet Taiwan News.
Breul added that "we do not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan and Taiwan is not a country we recognize. Therefore, it should not be surprising that when we introduce the territories of the world, we draw a distinction between it and countries with which we have diplomatic relations," RTI reported.
This article was originally published on Deutsche Welle. Read the original article here.
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