Chinese Embassy in Netherlands lodges solemn representations after Netherlands changes its office name in Taiwan island

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/4/28 9:37:41

Photo taken on July 21, 2019 from Xiangshan Mountain shows the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan.Photo:Xinhua

The Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands has contacted the Dutch Foreign Ministry to lodge solemn representations after Guy Wittich, Representative of the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office in Taiwan, announced the simplification of the office's name to the Netherlands Office Taipei. The Chinese embassy has made a request for clarification of the matter.

The embassy stressed that the Taiwan question concerns China's core interests and adhering to the one China principle is the political foundation for developing China-Netherlands relations. China urges the Netherlands to honor its commitment to the principle, properly handle Taiwan-related issues and take concrete actions to maintain the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

Analysts pointed out that the announcement, which comes on the Netherlands' King's Day, seems to commemorate the Dutch colonial rule of the Taiwan island in the 17th century. The official did not seem to be aware that the move boasts its former glory and could humiliate the island.

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