China chides Medtronic over sovereignty of Taiwan
by Nick Paul Taylor | Jan 15, 2018
China’s internet regulator has chided Medtronic for listing Taiwan as a country on its website. Medtronic was one of a clutch of foreign companies told to apologize for listing a region China sees as part of its territory as an independent country.
Taiwan has an independent, democratically elected president but its status is unclear. China refuses to have diplomatic relations with countries that recognize Taiwan. That has resulted in only a short list of small countries recognizing Taiwan as a nation. But China has had less success in getting people to stop thinking of Taiwan as a country and in eradicating it from websites and online forms.
Now, China is stepping up its policing of references to Taiwan online.