Sunday, August 14, 2005


Historical revisionism is a perennial topic for the Asia-watching community, normally due to Japan's approval of a textbook that offends China and Korea. Willy Lam recently pointed out that Japan wasn't alone in its revisionism in an article entitled China's Own Historical Revisionism. (Hat Tip: Peking Duck)

It seems Asian countries aren't the only ones that don't let the truth get in the way of a good story:
[A]n exhibition at UN headquarters on its 60th anniversary includes a poster with names of the 51 countries that signed the UN Charter on June 26, 1945. The People's Republic of China was named one of them.

The Taipei Times covers the error and the ROC's attempts to have the poster corrected. Obviously, there is no way the poster can be corrected because the People's Republic would never allow mention of the words "Republic of China" without the prefix "People's".