Chinese TV apologized for China’s map excluding Taiwan
Chinese television station on Tuesday has issued a statement of apology for excluding Taiwan from a map displayed as a backdrop during the television contest, which was broadcast on Sunday.
But in a talent show for foreigners learning Chinese on Hunan Television, a map shown in the background represented China was highlighted in red and Taiwan was not included. It led to criticism from commenters online. The background appeared for four minutes and seven seconds during a speech given by a contestant from Egypt.
Hunan Television said that it has since made corrections to the programme and the version online is now accurate.
Chinese commenters found that it was not only Taiwan missing, but also the southern part of Tibet. One said “This is rubbish… [it] can’t even recognise the policies of the country.”
The television station said that its entire staff holds a “firm view”
towards the completeness of the motherland and the oneness of the country. “Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory, and [we] firmly oppose any discourse and action that splits up the country.”
“We deeply feel a neglect of our duties, and deeply expresses our distress,”
it said. It added that it had given criticism to those responsible, and that it will continuously strengthen awareness, including that of politics.
Taiwan is one of Beijing's most sensitive political issues. China has never renounced the use of force to bring democratic Taiwan, which it considers an inalienable part of China, under its control. All maps published in China have to show Taiwan has being one of the country's provinces.