Taiwan Minister comments over singer's ROC flag row

Taiwan Minister comments over singer's ROC flag row
Deserts Chang (main pic), a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, recently caused an uproar with mainland Chinese students over a Republic of China flag during her concert at the University of Manchester on Saturday, Nov. 2. The argument continued within the blogosphere on Wednesday.

TAIPEI - Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) yesterday said if Deserts Chang, a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, cancels her December concert in Beijing over the incident in the United Kingdom, "I will be very sad."

The singer on Tuesday night posted an article on her Facebook page, noting that if the public still cannot understand her sincerity and thoughts after her explanation of the incident, then "I am willing to shoulder the loss of canceling my concert, and I hope this will relieve the stress of whoever is unhappy about this incident."

Chang is scheduled to hold a concert in Beijing in December.

Chang caused an uproar with mainland Chinese students over a Republic of China flag during her concert at the University of Manchester on Nov. 2. The argument continued on the blogosphere on Wednesday.

During an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan yesterday, Wang said it is not necessary for Chang to cancel her performance over the incident, noting that he does not hope Chang will be hurt.

Wang said he had watched a video of the entire incident in the UK, and he thinks what Chang said during her performance was normal. "It is simply a young person hoping more foreigners will know her home country," the minister said, adding that "I will explain her cause to mainland China when I get an opportunity."

Kuomintang Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said he is worried that mainland China will boycott Chang over the incident.

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