No, Taiwan’s president isn’t ‘pro-independence’
- April 23, 2020
- Lev Nachman, poli sci, explains in The Diplomat
As Taiwan enjoys the global spotlight thanks to President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the articles that have praised their public health efforts have described their political platform as “pro-independence.”
This piece of journalistic shorthand, however, isn’t just an oversimplification: It’s a factual inaccuracy that falsely portrays Taiwan and its leaders as provocateurs out to “anger” China. To report on the situation accurately and truthfully, that trope must be challenged and left behind.
Read in full, courtesy of The Diplomat.
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