Taiwan redesigns passport
Published: 12:03 PM, 3 September 2020 Updated: 01:24 PM, 3 September 2020
The new passport, right, makes Taiwan larger and Republic of China smaller than on the old passport, left
Taiwan has changed passport design making the word “Taiwan” larger and shrinking the words “Republic of China”.
The redesign was aimed to stop confusion between its nationals and citizens of China, authorities said.
The island is for all practical purposes an independent state but China sees it as a breakaway province.
A Beijing foreign ministry spokeswoman said this would not change Taiwan being an “inalienable part of China”.
Officials unveiled the new passports at a ceremony on Wednesday.
In the new passport, the English words Republic of China – Taiwan’s official name - will be moved from the top of the cover to instead wrap around the national emblem in a smaller font, and the English word Taiwan will be larger and in bold.