Taiwan's office in Nigeria drops 'Republic of China' from name

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Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) Taiwan's trade mission in Nigeria, now located in Lagos, has officially changed its name to "Taipei Trade Office in Nigeria" after the Nigerian government ordered the removal of the title "Republic of China (Taiwan)" from its name, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said.

The office, which is scheduled to open on Friday, has changed its name from the Trade Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Nigeria to the Taipei Trade Office in Nigeria, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The office was relocated from Abuja to Lagos on Dec. 8, after being ordered to move out of the Nigerian capital earlier in 2017, reportedly under Chinese pressure.

Along with the order to move out were orders to drop "Republic of China (Taiwan)" from its title and a cut to office staff.

The name change, which sees the replacement of "Republic of China (Taiwan)" with "Taipei" is the latest in a series of host nation requested name changes to Taiwan's representative offices in countries where it does not enjoy diplomatic ties, such as Bahrain, Ecuador and the United Arab Emirates, reportedly also due to pressures from China.

Following the move to Lagos, Taiwan has asked the Taipei-based Nigeria Trade Office to relocate outside the capital based on the principle of reciprocity.

(By Kuan-lin Liu and Elaine Hou)

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