This is FAPA’s letter to National Geographic Society urging them not
to designate Taiwan on maps in the same color as China.
Gilbert M. Grosvenor
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688
Dear Mr. Grosvenor:
On behalf of all members of the fifty chapters of the Formosan
Association for Public Affairs across the United States, I write to
you today about an issue of concern to us Taiwanese Americans. We are quite upset by your designation of Taiwan on maps, in
National Geographic Society material such as your excellent
magazine, with the same color as China.
Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian, as recently as January 22, 2003,
stated in an interview with the Foreign Policy Research Institute,
"I want to make it clear that Taiwan is not part of, a local
government of, or a province of any country. This is a fact of
I would like to further point out that the United States does not
recognize Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.
In the 1972 U.S.-China Shanghai communique, the U.S. merely
“acknowledges” China's claim over Taiwan, but does not accept
Earlier, in the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, the international
community (the U.S. included) purposefully left the status of
Taiwan, formerly a Japanese colony, undetermined. Again, this
remains the U.S. position today.
On behalf of Taiwanese Americans nationwide, I urge you to show the two
countries with different colors and you will be true to the
political realities in the Taiwan Strait.
Ming-chi Wu, Ph.D.