Taiwan moves to remove ‘China’ from company names

As part of its move towards formal statehood distinct from the communist People’s Republic of China on the mainland, the Taiwanese leadership has launched a campaign to remove the word ‘China’ from company names.

While many Taiwanese find the name changes necessary, some analysts have warned they could raise Taiwan-China tensions or even invite invasion by China.

Last week Chen changed four company names: Chinese Petroleum Corp became Taiwan Chinese Petroleum Corp, China Shipbuilding Corp became Taiwan International Shipbuilding Corp.