Students from the Chinese delegation at the Harvard Model United Nations event in January were kicked out by organizers after they saw Taiwan listed as a country rather than region and demanded it be changed, Shanghaiist reported Tuesday.
The angered participants wanted the conference handbook, which included Taiwan as a country, to change its heading to "country or region" to accommodate Taiwan. One Chinese teacher left the conference in protest, the Global Times reported . The disagreement escalated to the point in which organizers removed several students and threatened to call the police.
China and Taiwan split after a civil war in 1949, but China still considers Taiwan part of its territory and has threatened to use force if Taiwan moves closer to independence. However, very few Taiwanese citizens consider themselves a part of China or support any sort of reunification.
In response to the Chinese delegation, the event Secretary-General Ruth Kagen said in an email "Harvard Model United Nations publishes in its conference handbook the country of origin as reported by each delegation without modification. The inclusion of Taiwan is not meant as a political statement, nor does that listing represent the views of the Harvard International Relations Council."
Kagen said the handbook could not be altered, but Chinese students were offered their own "by country and region" stickers to add to their handbooks. This was not enough, however, to appease the offended students.
Students told the Global Times that Taiwan was not listed as a country at a previous Harvard Model United Nations event but that they had seen Taiwan and Hong Kong listed as their own countries at other Model UN events.
Liberace 16 hours ago
china is a disgrace to the Earth. The government has been allowed to take all freedoms away and steal nations and America, lead by the extremist, GREED motivated right wing allow it!!!!
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Paul 16 hours ago
When two sides cannot agree, it's best to solve it the "good old fashioned" way. That's what guns (for civilians) and missiles (for nations) are for.
The British didn't let the British traitors in America get independence without a fight, and so shouldn't China let Taiwan obtain independence without blood shed.
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Shaggy 16 hours ago
I saw another article about this issue earlier and it said that no actual chinese students had been kicked out. The story also said that the "student" claiming to have been removed was in fact a blogger for the CCP.
Nathan 16 hours ago
While the Chinese students' behavior was a shameful display, Taiwan isn't technically recognized as a sovereign state by the UN.
Schwerepunkt 16 hours ago
Eat a snake or rat and chill. Sheesh. The Chinese are sooooo sensitive.
International Observer 16 hours ago
It's good to know China has its cronies and minions spreading its agenda everywhere including at a model UN.
Grado 16 hours ago
Not sure why we never supported Taiwan as a independent state since so much trade and items we buy are made there, the United States recognized Israel in a micro-second the minute it announced statehood.
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