September 30, 2020

Beijing blocking Wikipedia from United Nations intellectual property agency over Taiwan is resistance against ‘Western values’, analysts say

Featuring Kristine Lee

Source: South China Morning Post

Journalist Mark Magnier

Beijing’s move effectively blocking Wikipedia from gaining observer status at a United Nations agency last week on the grounds that it has a Taiwan subsidiary serves at least three of China’s political objectives, analysts said.

China’s move to deny observer status for San Francisco-based Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia’s parent, at the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo) dovetails with Beijing’s long-standing policy of limiting international recognition of the self-governing island. Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province to be reunited by force if necessary.

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Authors

  • Kristine Lee

    Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Kristine Lee is an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she focuses on U.S. alliances and partnershi...