Moleskine, the maker of popular notebooks, calendars, and sketchbooks, seems to think Taiwain sank to the ocean floor or something. In 2019, its notebooks indicated public holidays in Taiwan along with those of 43 other countries. In 2020, she began referring to the country as “Taiwan (the province of China).” In 2021 the phrase “Taiwan (province of China)” was used. In 2022, I replaced any mention of Taiwan with a blank line.
By later removing all information about Taiwan, says Didi Kirsten Tatlow, senior fellow in the Asia Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, he has “deleted” tens of millions of people from the map.
“It’s a detail, but it’s like an erasing process,” Tatlow says. “It’s really unusual.” NEWSWEEK. “The fact that it looks small on the surface is actually deceptive, because what it tells us is that there seems to be an effort to erase Taiwan in terms of its name, its international calling code, and even the holidays.”
“It tells us that for a party in Beijing, no detail is too small. And that’s scary because there’s nowhere to go to escape this very controlling scrutiny,” Tatlow adds.