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Fewer Taiwanese consider themselves to be Chinese: survey

2014/06/05 23:42:12

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) A recent survey showed that less than 50 percent of Taiwan's people recognized themselves as Chinese in the second quarter of 2014.

This was the first time the figure has dropped below 50 percent since the first quarter of last year, Hsieh Ming-hui, executive director of the Taiwan Competitiveness Forum (TCF), said Thursday.

The survey found that only 46.8 percent of the respondents said they were Chinese in Q2, down 14.3 percent from the previous quarter.

Hsieh made the revelation as the Taipei-based think tank released the results of its "Survey of National Identity among Taiwanese People in the Second Quarter of 2014."

The 46.8 percent figure was only 0.3 percent higher than the percent of people who believed they were not Chinese.

At the same time, 80 percent of Taiwan's people consider themselves as belonging to the Chinese race, even if they don't consider themselves to be Chinese people. The results were consistent with those of surveys carried out in the four quarters of last year, Hsieh said.

Chang Ya-chung, a professor at National Cheng Chi University, said that following the massive student-led "Sunflower Movement" from March to April against a controversial trade in services agreement with China, many young people under 30 years of age now identify with the concept that there is "one country on each side" of the Taiwan Strait, meaning they saw Taiwan as a separate country from mainland China. (Tseng Ying-yu and Evelyn Kao)