A high school in Colorado changed references to Taiwan on its website after a UN committee said it was a “hiccup” in an application for students to participate in a UN teen advisory board.
“Trying to give some students a taste of foreign affairs, Colorado’s Regis Jesuit High School applied for credentials to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,” The Wall Street Journal reported September 10.
However, the UN emailed the school informing them of a “hiccup” because the school’s website used “incorrect terminology” for Taiwan, and suggested the school change the name “Taiwan” to “Taiwan, Province of China.”
Christina Vela, a Spanish teacher in charge of the school’s application, said that she found the request a little “strange” but after making the suggested changes the school’s application was approved.
The WSJ report explained that China sits on the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, which authorizes participants in UN events. Observers of the committee say that Chinese bureaucrats smashed every group that came before the committee, checking every point on their websites for references to Taiwan. If the groups do not include Beijing’s preferred language, China will ask the committee to request changes.
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