Taiwan’s president and the Chinese heritage
Taiwan’s president Ma often stresses that Taiwanese are ethnic Chinese, even though this cannot be said of all citizens. With his latest quote on the subject, he might cause new controversy.
Ma Ying-jeou recently gave an interview to several reporters working for foreign media. During this interview, he is quoted as having said:
All our efforts in Taiwan have aimed at showing ethnic Chinese societies around the world that the imported concept of democracy can take root, germinate, and grow into a big tree on purely ethnic Chinese soil.
This quote appears identically in at least two reports:
This could either mean that Ma answered in English and was quoted verbatim, but that is unlikely since he refrains from giving English interviews ever since feeling misquoted by AP a few years ago. Or it could mean that he answered in Chinese and both journalists quoted from the official English translation which is usually provided by the Presidential Office staff who record all interviews.
Who do you call Chinese?
It probably goes without saying that President Ma calling Taiwan’s society “purely ethnic Chinese soil” has the potential to be highly controversial. (mehr …)