Dear Commissioner Selig,(emphasis mine)
I was disappointed to learn that Major League Baseball will require the Taiwanese team to compete in the upcoming World Baseball Classic under the moniker "Chinese Taipei." I was also saddened to see that Taiwan is the only participant whose flag is not posted on the World Baseball Classic Website. Instead, the island republic is represented by its Olympic Committee banner rather than its national flag.
For more than 20 years, because of pressure from the People's Republic of China, athletes from the Republic of China (Taiwan) have been forced to compete under the name "Chinese Taipei" in the Olympic Games even though Taiwan is not subject to the control of the unelected government in Beijing. The playing of the ROC National Anthem and the display of the ROC national flag when Taiwan's athletes win medals is also not permitted. I understand this prohibition has even been extended to spectators in some cases. Why? Such restrictions seem particularly ridiculous when one contrasts the treatment of Taiwan with the treatment of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's status as a U.S. territory is not in dispute - yet their athletes have never been forced to use the name "American San Juan" or compete under an alternative flag. So why is independent Taiwan subjected to these arbitrary requirements?
[Taiwan] [US] [China] [Chinese Taipei]