Facebook pages of Taiwan's overseas offices being renamed: MOFA

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Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Taiwan's representative offices in some countries are changing their names on their Facebook pages to include the word "Taiwan" in an effort to raise their international profile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.

Henry Chen (陳銘政), head of MOFA's Department of International Information Services, told CNA that the ministry has been encouraging its overseas offices to make better use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to interact with young people around the world.

As part of that effort, 54 of Taiwan's 100-plus representative offices around the world have each established a Facebook presence, Chen said.

However, those representative offices that are not actual embassies in allied countries have been using the name Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, with the addition of the name of the country or city where they are based, he said.

Chen said the names used on the Facebook pages of Taiwan's overseas offices do not make it clear that they are representative offices.

In an effort to better promote Taiwan internationally, therefore, MOFA has been encouraging the overseas offices to change their Facebook names to include the word "Taiwan," he said.

For example, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver has been renamed on Facebook as Taiwan in Denver, while the one in Los Angeles will soon be changed to Taiwan in Los Angeles, Chen said.

Most countries around the world do not allow the use of the official name Republic of China (Taiwan) due to their one-China policy, which formally recognizes the People's Republic of China and sees Taiwan as part of it.

(By Elaine Hou and Joseph Yeh)
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