MAC warns Taiwan entertainers to avoid China National Day event

09/26/2020 10:28 PM
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Ouyang Nana (left) and Angela Chang (right) / Images taken from Ouyang and Chang
Ouyang Nana (left) and Angela Chang (right) / Images taken from Ouyang and Chang's weibo pages

Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) Taiwanese entertainers interested in performing at China's National Day celebration event should stay away to avoid being exploited for political propaganda, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said in a statement Saturday.

The MAC voiced its concerns amid media reports that Ouyang Nana (歐陽娜娜) would sing "My Mother Country" along with Chinese entertainers at a show on Sept. 30, the day before China's National Day, and that Angela Chang (張韶涵) also intended to participate in the same event.

The MAC discouraged them from taking part, arguing that such behavior would hurt the national identity of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Those who insist on performing at the event could possibly violate cross-Taiwan Strait regulations, the council said, warning that it will monitor the event closely.

Taiwanese entertainers should be aware of Beijing's intention to make them promote its "one country, two systems" formula for unification with Taiwan, the MAC said.

"One country, two systems" refers to a constitutional principle formulated by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping (鄧小平) during the early 1980s that suggests there is only one China, but allows distinct regions such as Hong Kong and Macau to retain their own economic and administrative systems.

(By Lai Yen-hsi and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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