In the year 2004, a diplomatic stir occurred
when Lions Club International sponsored a contest to select a set of posters
to be used for commemorative stamps issued by the United Nations. A poster by
13 year-old Taiwanese junior high school student Yang Chih-yuan was announced
as one of the winners.
Although, it was later announced Yang's
poster would not be used. Taiwan media reports, Taiwan Lions Club and the government
of Taiwan claimed the decision not to use the poster resulted from pressure
from China. The government of Taiwan later issued a stamp containing the image.
Taipei County Commissioner Lin
Si-yao, second right,
and other guests congratulate Yang Chih-yuan, a junior-high school
student in Panchiao -- as the Chunghwa Post Co issued stamps
featuring his painting on the International Day of Peace, 2004.
The critics claimed that, the rejection
of the student's painting on purely political grounds did not reflect the ideals
of the International Day of Peace, while the UN issued a statement that, "due
to an internal misunderstanding and miscommunication, Mr. Yang's proof got publicized
in error as one of the six stamps intended to be issued."