London, April 5 (CNA) The prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) said Friday that it had not made any decision on whether to change Taiwan's designation in a sculpture on its campus in a way that implied Taiwan was a part of China.
In a statement sent by email in response to CNA's request for comment, LSE said it was collecting opinion on the matter before a decision is finalized.
On March 26, LSE unveiled the new sculpture by the Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger.
Located outside LSE's Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, "The World Turned Upside Down" is a large political globe, four meters in diameter, with nation states and borders outlined, but with "the revolutionary twist of being inverted," according to information on the LSE website.
When it was unveiled, the sculpture showed Taiwan labeled as "REP. CHINA (Taiwan)" and colored in pink, while China was labeled "CHINA (People's Republic) and colored in yellow.
After Chinese students at LSE lodged a protest over Taiwan's designation, however, the school called a meeting Wednesday between them and their Taiwanese counterparts. The Chinese students proposed changing the globe's original design to make Taiwan the same color as China, a suggestion that was accepted by the LSE.
"The artwork currently does not reflect our understanding of United Nations' delineations that it was due to represent," LSE said in the email.
"We are consulting our community and considering amendments to the work. No final decisions have been reached," the school said.
The labeling issue has stirred up protests from a group of students and researchers studying in London, who urged LSE not to accept Chinese students' proposal to change the sculpture's design by making Taiwan the same color as China.
Formosa salon, a Facebook group with about 2,000 members, has launched an online petition to criticize LSE's move to accept Chinese students' suggestion.
In a response to the dispute, President Tsai Ing-wen (???), a LSE alumna, said on Thursday in Taipei that Taiwan was a sovereign and independent nation, and that this was a reality that would never change.
"We will never cease to exist," Tsai said. "As China increases its pressure on Taiwan, our international support continues to grow."
In an open letter addressed to LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik Friday, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) protested the decision made by the school, clarifying that Taiwan was a sovereign democratic country whose president and parliament were democratically elected.
In addition, British parliamentarians Nigel Evans and Lord Rogan, co-chairs of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, stepped in, writing in a letter to the LSE Thursday, and demanding that it maintain two different colors for Taiwan and China on the sculpture.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel