By: Tai Ya-chen and Y.F. Low
Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) An online petition to “Recognise Taiwan as a country,”
which was launched on Jan. 18 by British citizen Lee Chapman, had obtained more than 18,000 signatures as of Friday.
According to Casper Media, Chapman has traveled to Taiwan twice and is married to a Taiwanese woman.
He told the online publication that the reasons for starting the petition is because of the recently concluded presidential election in Taiwan, which has placed it conspicuously on the world stage, and because of the treatment of 16-year-old pop star Chou Tzu-yu, who apologized after waving the Republic of China’s national flag on South Korean TV.
National identity is a personal freedom and people should not be prevented from expressing that freedom, he argued. [FULL STORY]