'Pro-independence' activities at the root of discrimination in Taiwan

( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-06-13 07:20:33

A SELF-PROCLAIMED CITIZEN-JOURNALIST IN KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, has posted a video on the internet that shows her chasing a senior resident who was born on the Chinese mainland but settled in Taiwan in 1950 and questioning his "citizenship" and social contribution. The video has sparked public outrage on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, and prompted Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV to comment on Sunday:

The so-called citizen-journalist's use of invectives against the senior citizen comes at a time when a sharp decline in the number of mainland tourists has been hurting Taiwan's tourism industry. Since May 20, when Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the island's Democratic Progressive Party, gave her inauguration speech, the number of mainland tourists to the island has reportedly dropped by about 70 percent compared with the same period last year.

The preposterous and baseless remarks of the "citizen-journalist", such as "Chinese refugees must stop living off Taiwan people", "I do not want you Chinese people in Taiwan", and "You have contributed nothing to our society" are a blot on "citizen journalism" as well as the island's image.

'Pro-independence' activities at the root of discrimination in Taiwan

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