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Anonymous asked in TravelAsia PacificTaiwan · 1 decade ago

Why does Little League Baseball refed to Taiwan as "Chinese Taipei?"?

I just finished watching the Little League world series, and the team representing Asia Pacific was referred to as Chinese Taipei. Yet many of the parents in the stands wore red t-shirts with the word "Taiwan" printed above their country's flag. I've always known this country as Taiwan. When did this change, and why? Also, do we (USA) have any armed forced stationed on the island?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    USA does not have any armed forces stationed in Taiwan, but per the Taiwan Relations Act signed in 1979, the USA is bound to defend Taiwan if they are attacked.

    Taiwan is required to use the name "Chinese Taipei" for sporting events like the Olympics. Right after the communist revolution in China (1949), most countries recognized the Republic of China (which was on Taiwan) as the legitimate government of China. Taiwan competed as Republic of China, while communist China did not participate in sports internationally.

    In 1976, Canada refused to let Taiwan athletes to enter the country because they had switched their diplomatic relationship to communist China (People's Rep of China) and would not allow Taiwan to compete as Republic of China. In 1979, in the Nagoya Resolution, the IOC decided that communist China (PRC) would compete as China. Taiwan would compete as Chinese Taipei and use a special flag.

    So if you look at official Olympic stuff, it will say Chinese Taipei, though many news organizations will simply put Taiwan.

    The real irony, though, is that though Little League officially uses "Chinese Taipei", they allow the Taiwan (Republic of China flag) and they allow their anthem. Surprised China (PRC) has not complained yet!

    Everyone knows this country as Taiwan, except for the government in China (who insists the island is a province of China) and technically the Kuomingtang (one of the political parties in Taiwan - who fled China after losing in 1949) who refer to the island and all of China collectively as Republic of China. (Well, officially most countries don't recognize Taiwan at all, but unofficially, everyone does).

    It's complicated!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    to maintain independence at the same time satisfying mainland china's arrogant thinking.

    the parents wear the shirts with taiwan and waves the taiwanese flag around cuz the team itself cant display the flag or have taiwan on their jerseys.

    its all mainland china's fault.

    back when taiwan's LL team's on a winning streak, they had taiwan written on their jerseys. but that was a LONG time ago.

    and US does not have any armed forceds in Taiwan, only Korean and Japan. except maybe some occasional crosstraining and weapons trainings with taiwanese soldiers. but no base.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's apparently an effort to appease Mainland China, which maintains claims on the island and doesn't like expressions of its independence.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes, its because its to pleased the Mainland China side, as its implies its belongs to the China side and Taipei as its capital land.

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