Taiwan calls Chinese citizen label at World Cup ‘unfriendly’

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Al-Araby

Taiwan on Wednesday demanded organisers of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar change an official fan identification card which labels its citizens as Chinese. The “Hayya” fan ID card acts as a visa to enter the country and a pass to access stadiums. But neither Taiwan nor “Chinese Taipei” – the name used for the island in international sports events – are listed on the online portal as options. China claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory, a stance Taipei firmly rejects. The island lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which Beijing has vowed to retake one day, …

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