Taiwan redesigns passport to avoid confusion with China
06 September 2020 | 2:15 pm
Taiwan's passport cover has a new look, as Taiwanese travelers have been mistakenly subjected to the same travel restrictions as citizens of mainland China. Taiwan's official name is the "Republic of China."
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