Taiwan has been self-ruled since splitting from mainland China in the course of the 1949 civil conflict. However China claims the island is a part of its territory and has threatened to annex it, whereas additionally making use of strain on different international locations and firms to not recognise Taiwan as an impartial nation.
New Zealand has a robust buying and selling, financial and cultural relationship with Taiwan, however doesn’t foremost any diplomatic relations with the island.
The Ministry of Well being instructed Newshub on Sunday it will updating its nation/territory listing on the web site to incorporate Taiwan
“We’re conscious that an internet kind was arrange utilizing choices from an incorrect Worldwide Requirements Organisation (ISO) listing of place names,” a spokesperson instructed Newshub.
“This meant individuals in Taiwan/Chinese language Taipei have been unable to finish the shape precisely. We’re working to replace the shape so it aligns with the proper ISO listing of place names.”
The backlash has additionally been seen on Twitter with Kiwis slamming the well being ministry for not itemizing Taiwan.
One individual mentioned: “How may I overlook to tag .@covid19nz !! Unite towards Covid 19 besides should you’re from Taiwan amiright guys!!”