Taiwan lawmaker asks government to ban toys containing Chinese propaganda

Audio toys with content that undermines Taiwan's sovereignty currently circulating

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/23
By:  Taiwan News, Staff Writer

DPP Legislator Chao Tien-lin. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Legislator of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟) has called on the government to ban children’s toys containing Chinese propaganda messages.

“The biggest island in China is called Taiwan”; “October 1 is the National Day celebrated with songs and dances”; and “July 1 is the birthday of the [communist] party, and the whole nation beams with joy” are some of the messages repeatedly broadcast by a plastic toy in the form of a cute, white rabbit dressed in red.

The DPP legislator held a press conference on Monday (March 23) with Kaohsiung City Councilor Lin Chih-hung (林智鴻) in Taipei. The Ministry of Economic Affairs had approved the toy’s import without taking its audio content into consideration, said Chao, adding that it has been circulating in physical and online retailers in Taiwan for a long time, with a price tag of NT$160 (US$5).

The toy, called “Xin Xin Rabbit story machine," is one of 450,000 toys which circulate in the Taiwanese market every year, according to Chao. He added that these audio toys often contain Chinese terms and idioms that are not commonly used in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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