Taiwan’s 10 Biggest Stories in 2016

The 10 biggest stories around Taiwan this year.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/12/30
By: Hsu Chia-yu

Taiwanese K-pop star forced to apologize after accused of being pro-independence

Photo Credit: Screenshot from MBC official Twitter account

Chou Tzu-yu (周子瑜), a 16-year-old Taiwanese K-pop singer, was forced to apologize on air on Jan. 15, after holding a Taiwanese flag on a South Korean TV show. The incident angered Chinese netizens, who took it as a pro-Taiwan independence gesture. Chou was forced to make a public apology, in which she said, “There is only one China and the two sides are one.” She also canceled all tours in China to “reflect on herself.”
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Taiwanese K-pop Star Accused of Being Pro-Independent and Banned from Performing in China
Japanese-American Actress Apologizes to ‘Everyone in China’ for Instagram ‘Like’

Taiwan elects first female president

Photo Credit: AP/達志影像

Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) won the presidential election on Jan. 16 and became Taiwan’s first female president. Tsai was also the first Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader to hold both the executive branch and majority in the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s parliament. In her victory speech, Tsai said that she will maintain a status quo to build a “relationship with no provocations and no accidents” with the Chinese government.

Read more here:
Taiwan’s First Female President Wins By A Landslide
New Outlook on Cross-strait Agreements After Presidential Election    [FULL  STORY]

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