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Chinese embassy demanded removal of Taiwan flag at Olympics

2012-07-27 00:49:04 GMT2012-07-27 08:49:04(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The flag of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (C) hangs in a display of flags for the London 2012 Olympic Games over Regent Street in central London.

Olympic organisers said on Thursday that Taiwan's flag had been taken down from a London display at the request of the Chinese embassy.

The banner was removed from a row of national flags hanging over Regent Street, one of London's busiest shopping roads, and replaced on Wednesday with that of Taiwan's Olympic committee.

This flag has been used by Taiwan at Olympic Games since the 1980s, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruled that the island could not compete as a sovereign state.

Games organisers LOCOG said they had advised the Regent Street Association, which represents retailers and is in charge of the display, to remove the Taiwan flag after a complaint from China's embassy.

(Agencies)

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