HONG KONG -- Beijing's unremitting struggle to keep Taiwan from straying onto the independence path continues unabated, with Lions Club International, or LCI, providing the latest battleground.

Beijing has told LCI that if it is to operate in China, then the name of the chapter in Taiwan must be changed from the "ROC (Republic of China) Lions Club" to the "China Taiwan Lions Club."

Chinese leaders evidently believe that such efforts will keep Taiwan from moving toward independence. Actually, they have the opposite effect, since they make the people of Taiwan feel that China is constantly trying to suffocate them.