Date: January 16, 2016
By: Simon Denyer and Xu Jing TAIPEI – She is a 16-year-old singer from Taiwan, who performs with a South Korea girl band.
But on Saturday Chou Tzu-yu became the center of a political storm, after she forced to make a humiliating apology to China for daring to hold Taiwan’s flag on Korean television.
The controversy has engulfed social media in Taiwan on the day that the island went to the polls to elect a new president, and has brought the issues of Taiwan’s national identity and its unequal relationship with China back to center stage.
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Outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou and next president Tsai Ing-wen united in support of the singer. [FULL STORY]