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China's state-run newspaper "sucks": foreign minister

2019/05/19 18:39:09

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) / CNA file photo

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) criticized China's state-run media Sunday after it downgraded Taiwan's sovereign status by describing Taiwan as part of China in a tweet about its decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage.

The People's Daily, the largest newspaper group in China, in a Saturday English-language tweet, said that "local lawmakers in #Taiwan, China, have legalized same-sex marriage in a first for Asia, according to local media reports."

In response, Wu rebutted the comments, stressing that Taiwan is not part of the People's Republic of China.

"WRONG! The bill was passed by our national parliament & will be signed by the president soon. Democratic #Taiwan is a country in itself & has nothing to do with authoritarian #China," he tweeted.

He criticized the People's Daily as a "commie brainwasher & it sucks."

The People's Daily paper is the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Taiwan made history Friday as the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

The new law will take effect May 24, allowing two persons of the same gender aged 18 or older to register a marriage.

(By Joseph Yeh)