Second flag shambles for Olympic organisers

The Foreign Office has intervened in a row over the flying of Taiwan's flag in London's West End, Olympic organisers say.

The national flags of all countries competing in the Olympic Games are displayed in the West End but it was felt that including the Taiwanese flag might upset the Chinese. It was replaced with the flag of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee.

Flags from around the world hang in London's Regent Street Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire

Taiwan has functioned as an independent nation since 1950, but China still regards the island as its overseas territory. In the early 1980s, the International Olympic Committee ruled it could not compete under the name of the Republic of China (ROC) - as Taiwan is formally known.