A show of support? White House map of China that omitted Taiwan catches the eye of island’s internet

John Bolton and Steven Mnuchin were discussing Venezuela, but in Taiwan they were focused on another detail

South China Morning Post 
Date: 30 January, 2019
By: Laura Zhou

A White House map that excluded Taiwan from Chinese territory has caught the attention of internet users on the self-ruled island.

The map was displayed on Monday during a press conference by White House national security adviser John Bolton and Treasure Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The pair were discussing sanctions on a Venezuelan state oil company after the US declared it would no longer recognise Nicolas Maduro as president.

While much of world is focused on the ongoing turmoil in the South American country and the possible US response, eagle-eyed internet watchers in Taiwan noticed that while China and Russia were marked in red, along with other supporters of the embattled president, the island was not.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province that must eventually be reunited with the mainland and the issue is regarded as acutely sensitive on the mainland, where it frequently triggers outrage on social media.    [FULL  STORY]

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