Taiwanese bread guru Wu Pao Chun, who is currently trying to open bread stores in China, said he was born in “Taiwan, China”
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese bread guru Wu Pao Chun, whose first bread store
China is currently holding a soft opening, said he was born in “Taiwan, China” and “I am proud of being a Chinese” after Chinese netizens labeled him as leaning towards Taiwan independence based on his past remarks, according to a Central News Agency (CNA) report on Monday.
Wu once said during an interview in 2016 that over the years many investors from around the world had invited him to open bread stores overseas, including investors from China, but he remain unmoved by the Chinese offers, according to CNA. He explained,“China has a market with 1.3 billion people, but the whole world has more than 7 billion people, so I won’t just look at China,” CNA reported
Chinese netizens thought Wu was unwilling to invest in China solely based on his past remarks and attacked him as leaning towards “Taiwan independence,”the report said. Many Chinese netizens therefore began to malignantly change online comments on Wu’s bread stores and even removed his stores from a popular Chinese consumer product website, the CNA reported.
Under the circumstances, Wu released a statement on Monday afternoon, saying, “As a baker born in Taiwan, China; Taiwan is the land that raised me. And I’m proud of being a Chinese. ‘The people across the strait is the family’is the principle that I’ve always insisted to uphold,” according to the report. [FULL STORY]