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ความคิดพเนจร - Кочевые Мысли - Pensées Nomades - الأفكار البدوية - Pensamentos Nómadas - 游牧理念

nomadic thoughts

ความคิดพเนจร - Кочевые Мысли - Pensées Nomades - الأفكار البدوية - Pensamentos Nómadas - 游牧理念

Taiwan is Chinese for Dummies - Part 4 - The Olympics

by Luís Garcia


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21ST - Taiwanese airlines - The state-owned airline is named China Airlines. Its sister airlines include China Airlines Cargo and Mandarin Airlines. It seems many in Taiwan make no efforts to hide how Chinese they are and how Chinese they feel.

China Airlines


22ND -  Olympic disputes - China's first participation at the Olympic games occurred in 1924 when the country was known as the Republic of China.  At the end of the Chinese civil war won by the communists, the former government of the Republic of China fled to Taiwan, with the military protection of the interventionist USA. In 1951, the Chinese National Olympic Committee (under the defeated government of Chiang Kai-shek - Republic of China) moved from the mainland city of Nanking to the Chinese island of Taiwan. In the same year, the communist government ruling the new People's Republic of China (PRC) created a new Olympic Committee - The PRC Chinese National Olympic Committee.

In a normal world, the old committee, linked to the former governed that ceased to rule China and fled to Taiwan, would have to be dismantled and, if not, at least not recognized by any international organization. But this Western-led world is not at all normal,  and so the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided that both Chinese committees would be allowed to participate in the Olympic Games, starting with the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

In 1954, The IOC adopted a final resolution officially recognizing the Olympic Committee representing the People's Republic of China (PRC) but decided to continue to recognize the former Olympic Committee of the Republic of China (now in Taiwan). In protest to this Two China's Issue, the real Chinese committee (PRC) withdrew from the organization and gave up its right to participate in the Olympic games. 

The problem was only kind of fixed in 1979, when the IOC officially recognized the PRC Chinese Olympic Committee as the only representative body for China, while demanding for the anachronic Olympic committee with headquarters in Taipei to be renamed as Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee. With these changes, Chinese living in Taiwan can participate in the Olympic Games under the logic of 1 Country 2 Systems, as is the case for the athletes from Chinese Hong Kong, or many other athletes from Western colonies like Bermuda or  Puerto Rico.


EXTRA - The witch hunt against Sun Yang


23RD - Anti-China protesters in Hong Kong created a map in which mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, Spratly and Paracel Islands (South China Sea), and TAIWAN are all unified under the flag of the Republic of China (Taiwanese government).








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