Having seen so much misinformation lately concerning Taiwan, from major news outlets, on top of the usual bs like the commonly-used “Taiwan, Province of China”, I propose that interested people band together in a group what I’m calling…
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I’ve made it a point the last few months to try and correct misinformation concerning Taiwan when I see it. I’ve fixed a couple of different Wikipedia articles, and emailed various websites that falsely claim Taiwan as part of China (either out of ignorance or to not offend the Chinese keyboard warriors).
But (aside from those Wikipedia edits), one voice has little effect.
Example of what I’m suggesting:
This article from Fox News falsely claims
The U.S.officially maintains a “One China” policy, considering Taiwan a providence within China
(I think they meant “province”…)
Nancy Pelosi swipes China during press conference in Tokyo, Japan: 'They will not isolate Taiwan' | Fox News
They have a form to request a correction of a story, which I did:
I also found this just now:
The other day, CNN interviewed a military analyst who said that the US recognized “one country, two systems” for Taiwan in '79.
So long as news sources are incorrect, people’s opinions are going to be incorrect.
Aside from misinformation, I would love to see a concerted effort to get organizations to change China-centric language like the “Taiwan, Province of China” label you often see. I recently contacted the World Pool Association about their use of “Chinese Taipei”, and some consulting company I stumbled across who mentioned “Taiwan, China” on their website.
I assume that Wikipedia probably has other entries on Taiwan-[insert country here] relations that – like the Taiwan-Japan one that I fixed – falsely say that the country recognizes Taiwan as part of China (rather than “acknowledges the Chinese position”).
What effect can we really have? I dunno, but it’s worth trying. Join me?