Taiwan accused China of “bullying” on Tuesday after the island’s name ended up as “Chinese Taipei” on FIFA World Cup fan identification cards following multiple changes by organizers in Qatar. .
The “Hayya” fan ID card system acts as a visa to enter the country and a pass to enter stadiums.
Initially, both Taiwan and Chinese Taipei – the name used for the island in international sporting events – were listed on the online portal Hayya as selections, and officials said. Taiwanese fans can be labeled as Chinese.
Last week, the “Taiwan” tag was added following the island’s complaint, but was later changed to Chinese Taipei – which Taiwan’s foreign ministry attributed to Beijing’s “interference”.
“We express deep regret that the Qatar World Cup Organizing Committee failed to resist the inappropriate interference of political powers,” deputy spokesman for the ministry, Tsuei Ching-lin, said at a press conference. a press conference.
“The State Department again condemns the Chinese government for its bullying … and political manipulation of international sporting events.”
China considers democratic, self-governing Taiwan part of its territory – a position Taipei staunchly rejects – and has vowed to take it over one day, by force if necessary.
Beijing is tough on any usage of the word Taiwan – such as when Lithuania allowed Taipei to open a de facto embassy in its own name last year – lest it make the island vulnerable. international sense of legitimacy.
The sports world’s use of the name “Chinese Taipei” is based on a 1981 compromise with the International Olympic Committee to allow Taiwan to compete in the international arena.
Qatar is expected to see more than a million fans in attendance during the World Cup, which runs from November 21 to December 18, and all must register with an ID card.
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