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Beijing and Taipei dispute over passport

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[Beijing, July 25, 2003] China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently asked foreign countries to require Taiwanese immigrants to write China in the category of Place of Birth in their immigration paperwork. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, has found this act a violation of the international practice and laws and an assault on the sovereignty of an independent state.

Some politicians in Taiwan believe that this act by Beijing came as a response to the recently released Taiwanese passport which now includes the word of Taiwan on its cover page—a sensitive gesture for independence of a sovereignty state. Beijing was angered by this move and protested fiercely, though Taiwan did not back down.

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