By Erik Crouch
Image credit: Gov.cn.
Everyone’s favorite print-shop related diplomatic catastrophe has reared its head again as Taiwan’s opposition party calls on the government to bar holders of China’s new passports, which feature the controversial addition of several disputed territories. The map on China’s passports includes the Sun Moon Lake and Clear Water Cliff, which Taiwan maintains are under its jurisdiction. The Taiwan Solidarity Union party played political hard-ball in a rally in Taipei last week, where they printed out large copies of China’s passport cover and then ripped them up.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, which plans China-policy, said that, “inclusion of our territory and pictures of our scenic spots … is a provocative act that would not only damage the mutual trust steadfastly established by our two sides in recent years, but also hurt the feelings of the 23 million people in Taiwan.” This political non-issue has managed to piss-off India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and essentially every country with a presence in the South China Sea.
On the image below one can clearly see the disputed islands, circled in red. Well, not really. The illustration is more of a watermark, and is covered by an anti-counterfeiting pattern, and the islands are dots less than 1cm. Apparently this is fair grounds for a multi-national diplomatic clusterfuck.
Image via SCMP http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1089544/taiwan-protests-over-new-mainland-passports