According to two persons acquainted with the situation, two British publishers censored books in order to get them produced in China. One publisher removed references to Taiwan and the dissident artist Ai Weiwei from two volumes. Another book was altered to refer to East Asians rather than Taiwanese.
According to reports, Chinese publishers modified the wording of several books when Chinese suppliers indicated they couldn’t print the original language under Chinese legislation.
Books containing particularly sensitive topics were allegedly printed outside of China. According to reports, the publisher Octopus Books has also deleted references to Taiwan from at least two other books.
Over the last two years, China’s air force has routinely launched intrusions into Taiwanese airspace.
After Chinese planes crossed through Taiwan’s air defense zone recently, Taiwan scrambled combat aircraft. The raid occurred at the conclusion of a three-day military meeting attended by Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping.
Simultaneously, five U.S. legislators paid a surprise visit to Taiwan and met with President Tsai Ing-wen.
Taiwan will continue to strengthen ties with the US “to safeguard our common ideals,” Tsai stated. Taiwan is claimed by China as part of its territory, and the island is not recognized as an independent country.
Octopus Books stated that any modifications to texts “are not material, and we always seek permission from the author first.” According to the Times, the discovery is the first indication that books marketed in Western countries are filtered in order to be produced in China.