(The photo shows Chou Tzu-yu, 16, the only Taiwanese member of the South Korean pop group TWICE, holding a paper to read out her statement in response to the dispute)
by Ko Lin
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an official statement Saturday morning condemning the controversy over the Republic of China flag, reiterating that the government will extend any available assistance to the Taiwanese teenage star through its Taipei Mission in Korea.
“The Republic of China on Taiwan is a sovereign, independent nation and the R.O.C. flag is a symbol of sovereignty,” the ministry quoted.
The dispute mounted when Chou Tzu-yu, the only Taiwanese member of the South Korean pop group TWICE, was recently seen holding the R.O.C. flag during a “My Little Show” on South Korean TV channel MBC.
She was consequently accused of being a “pro-independence” activist by the Chinese government and its netizens.
In the wee hours of the morning, Chou was pressured by her South Korean agency to release a video clip citing her apology for being “Taiwanese” and for waving the R.O.C. flag.
Ma has requested related authorities to look into any involvement the South Korean and Chinese governments may have had in the controversy, and urged Beijing not to misjudge the controversy surrounding a Taiwanese teenage star on a South Korean TV show.
Tsai refutes controversy over R.O.C. flag
Democratic Progressive Party presidential contender Tsai Ing-wen condemned the controversy over the Republic of China flag, saying the forced apology made by a Taiwanese teenage star in South Korea in response to China’s rhetoric hurt “people’s feelings in Taiwan,” reports said Saturday.
Tsai, who was interviewed by a local TV crew in the morning at a polling station, called for solidarity while telling the world that holding the R.O.C. flag is a righteous act that should not be oppressed by anyone.
Chou Tzu-yu, the only Taiwanese member of the South Korean pop group TWICE, was recently seen holding the Republic of China during a “My Little Show” on South Korean TV channel MBC.
The act was quickly slammed by Chinese netizens and Taiwanese singer Huang An, accusing Chou for being a “pro-Taiwanese independence” activist.
With the casting of votes now in full swing, Tsai responded to reporters in Yungho, New Taipei, that China’s accusations to the flag incident hurt Taiwanese feelings, and it was regrettable that Chou has had to apologize out of her obligation.
“She did nothing wrong and shouldn’t have been forced to apologize,” Tsai said.