Taiwan's "Chinese Wild Bird Federation" forced out of UK-HQed conservation org BirdLife International bc...yup bird.org.tw/news/585
The Telegraph contacted BirdLife International for comment, but it said it would be “inappropriate for us to comment publically on matters relating to, and interactions with, partner organisations”. telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/1…
if you do a search for "Taiwan" on the BirdLife website and try to access the bio page for the "Chinese Taiwan" page, well you can't
there's a long history of China pressuring Taiwan in @BirdLife_News. @cwbf1988 in fact used to be called Wild Bird Federation Taiwan, but had to change its name to Chinese Wild Bird Federation in 2008. Taiwan was even a founding member of BirdLife in 1996. news.ltn.com.tw/news/focus/pap…
@BirdLife_News @cwbf1988 a 2013 TW article says that China wasn't even a member of @BirdLife_News - indeed a search for China on its website brings up only the Hong Kong (China) mission - but China only sought to push TW out of any participation in intl institutions news.ltn.com.tw/news/local/pap…
@BirdLife_News @cwbf1988 Taiwan has contributed annually to @BirdLife_News conservation projects in Sao Tome, Cambodia, and Madagascar. what happens to that funding now? birdlife.org/asia/news/chin…
@BirdLife_News @cwbf1988 in the canon of "nothing is too small for China to politicise when it comes to Taiwan" anecdotes my fav is probably still the one about Rockhampton council in Aus painting over a TW flag painted by kids on a bull sculpture in line with the one china policy abc.net.au/news/2018-05-0…
i keep coming back to this quote by @RollandNadege in an intvw with a Dutch newspaper earlier this year: "China is already shaping us more than we think.” gaodawei.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/de-…
@RollandNadege as per @TaiwanBirding, no matter how "non-governmental" something is - in this case a literal NGO - it will get politicised as a One China issue.
@RollandNadege @TaiwanBirding seriously another day another china streisand effect
also very fitting that i learned about this incident first thru @niaocollective
@NiaoCollective “So much of birding and bird life involves migration and travel between different areas. Birds do not care about borders," said @TaiwanBirding qz.com/1903623/bird-c…
a reminder that now that @cwbf1988 has left @BirdLife_News, the Chinese representative is the HK Birdwatching Society and not a mainland Chinese NGO.

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