Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Taiwan, name of country (2)

In the very first post on this blog, I took advantage of the news to write about the change of name on the stamps of the Republic of China, aka Taiwan; a change linked to the independentist politic of President Chen Shui-bian.

Back to where I started because today, 20 March 2008, the new President Ma Ying-jeou was inaugurated. He is one of the main member of the nationalist party Kuomintang. The event is marked with a four stamp issue portraying the President and his Vice-President. I show you the more conventional one:

Flag, the island's profile, black suit and tie (Taiwan Post website).

See the bottom left inscription: "REPUBLIC OF CHINA TAIWAN". Is it a change, a reasonable one: keep the new name and resurrect the former one supported by a party which made the island incarnated China versus the People's Republic?

For the moment, mere hours after the new presidency began, this change has no meaning. The precedent and next issues are only saying "TAIWAN" like this 7 dollars "Streptopelia orientalis", an oriental turtle dove to be issued on 5 June.

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