German Video Game Developer Publishes Map Calling China “Western Taiwan”

The use of the term “Western Taiwan” to mock China has grown in popularity since January 2020, when President Tsai Ing-wen said Beijing had to face the reality that Taiwan is already a nation. independent country.

A Facebook ad for Conflict of Nations: World War 3, which was developed by German video game company Bytro Labs, surfaced showing a map depicting most of China as “western Taiwan.” The Xinjiang region has been listed as an independent country called “Uyghur”, while Mongolia is labeled as “China”. Image Courtesy: Taiwan News

Taipei: The advertisement of the German video game “Conflit of Nations: WW3” published a map of China calling it “West Taiwan”.

The ad apparently appeared in early December, with many netizens first sharing and commenting on it on December 3, reported Taiwan News.

The real-time massively multiplayer online game is set in the 20th and 21st centuries and simulates a third world war with multiple maps and scenarios to choose from. In each match, up to 128 real opponents can participate as they attempt to lead their country to become the “dominant superpower on the planet”.

The ad has since disappeared, and the map inside the game itself follows the standard official names and borders of the countries.

Earlier this month, a Facebook ad for Conflict of Nations: World War 3, which was developed by German video game company Bytro Labs, surfaced showing a map depicting most of China as “West Taiwan”. The Xinjiang region has been listed as an independent country called “Uyghur”, while Mongolia is labeled as “China”.

The use of the term “Western Taiwan” to mock China has grown in popularity since January 2020, when President Tsai Ing-wen said Beijing had to face the reality that Taiwan is already a nation. independent country.

At the time, netizens used terms such as “Mainland Taiwan”, “Taiwanese Beijing” and “Western Taiwan” to agitate Chinese nationalists, censors and trolls, reported. Taiwan News.

In May of this year, Toronto sun Columnist Brian Lilley tweeted a map with China labeled “Western Taiwan” that quickly went viral.

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