ISO (International Organization for Standardization) calls Taiwan a province of China in ISO 3166. See English country names and code elements.
I consider this alone a crime against humanity, as bad as Hitler or worse (most certainly from Taiwanese point of view):
- What gives ISO the right to claim Taiwan a part of China against all historical facts and political realities?
- If Taiwan were a province of China, then it is not a country. Why then does ISO list it as a country?
- If Taiwan were a province of Taiwan, why do people obtain visa from Taiwan, NOT China, to go to Taiwan? When in Taiwan, why do they use Taiwan dollars and NOT RMB?
Yo, Swiss, you are from a province of china.We Taiwanese resent ISO for its extreme insensitivity towards 23,000,000 Taiwanese.
Many of the 23,000,000 Taiwanese are devastated by this ISO 3166 madness that calls Taiwan a province of China, but they don't understand how extremely damaging ISO 3166 is.
A consequence of ISO 3166 is that tons of software have been written based on this standard. As a result, ISO helps spreading the Chinese lie Taiwan is a province of China like wildfire.
With ISO 3166, ISO has made many angry Taiwanese write to companies asking them to stop calling Taiwan a province of China. Most of these Taiwanese do not understand that the real culprit is ISO. Otherwise they would have condemned ISO, instead of writing to companies that are simply using software based on ISO 3166.
To clarify, I hereby show a response of a letter I wrote Moodle protesting its web site listing Taiwan as a province of China:
Thank you for contacting us regarding this matter.ISO folks, what inspiration caused you to hurt 23,000,000 Taiwanese calling Taiwan a province of China? Why don't you say:
Moodle uses the International Organization for Standardization list on moodle.org and in the software (see http://www.iso.org/iso/country_codes/iso_3166_code_lists/english_country_names_and_code_elements.htm). We do not decide what countries are included or the naming conventions. The administrator of a Moodle site can modify this list. For more information, see this thread: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=117990
Switzland, a province of Chinaor
China, a province of TaiwanTo the latter, Taiwanese will surely protest. Because Taiwanese have no territorial ambition towards China.