This year, the World Bank told current and prospective employees of Taiwanese nationality they must present Chinese travel documents in order to maintain or pursue employment.
A March 4, 2019 post on the World Bank’s internal website titled “Recruitment of Chinese nationals from Taiwan” laid out the following recruitment guidance:
- “Candidates from Taiwan, China, can only be employed by the Bank for consultant or any other appointment if they hold PRC passports. Taiwanese applicants without PRC passports can apply for them from the Chinese embassy of Washington. HRS should inform the Office of the Executive Director for China before hiring any staff from Taiwan, China.”
- But the World Bank said this was posted to the internal website due to a technical error and has now been removed.
- The World Bank told Axios: “This guidance on our internal website dates back to 1999. It was never adopted as policy by the Bank, and it was not based on the institution’s Principles of Staff Employment or our Articles of Agreement.”