MAC pans BBC’s reference to ‘Taiwanese defectors’

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/31
By: Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) objected on Thursday to the

MAC Vice Minister and spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正)

term “Taiwanese defectors” that was used on the BBC’s Chinese-language website to refer to Taiwan nationals studying or working in China and those who acquire Chinese citizenship by renouncing their own.

The BBC Chinese article, published on Monday, said “Taiwanese defectors” were like “Brexiteers”– British citizens who favored the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union — or North Korean defectors.

The trend of “Taiwanese defectors” moving to China to pursue education or careers or to change citizenship will only grow in the future, the BBC article said.

In response, MAC Vice Minister and spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said Taiwan is a free democratic country and its government has always protected the right to emigration and other fundamental human rights.    [FULL  STORY]

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