16 Jun '11, 12pm

Taiwan scrubs simplified Chinese script: The more complex traditional version will be the standard text used at

Taiwan scrubs simplified Chinese script: The more complex traditional version will be the standard text used at

TAIPEI - Taiwan, which sees itself as a guardian of traditional Chinese culture, has started cleansing government websites of the type of simplified script used in mainland China, officials said Thursday. The Tourism Bureau, the main agency in charge of thousands of Chinese visitors arriving every day, was the first to remove simple characters, leaving only the more complex traditional version that is standard on the island. The order to do so came directly from President Ma Ying-jeou, said his spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi, adding that a majority of government websites were expected to follow suit. “In order to maintain Taiwan’s role as a protector of Chinese culture, President Ma feels that all government documents and websites should focus on the standard Chinese character version,” Fan Chiang said. In a controversial language reform, communist China simplified thousands...

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