Letter:The People’s Republic of China team boycotts opening ceremony of the Kaohsiung World Games
“Then it was time for the athletes to enter the stadium in alphabetical order, led by the Austrian contingent. But in its absence, the Chinese team was represented by what appeared to be a games staffer holding the Chinese national flag.
The 72-member Chinese team stayed away from the ceremony after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) announced he would attend in his capacity as head of state.
According to local media reports, the Chinese delegation did not attend the opening ceremony to avoid giving the impression that Beijing authorities recognize Ma’s status as president or Taiwan’s status as a sovereign state. A spokesman for the games said Chinese athletes would compete in the events.
Asked about her views on the reports, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said that she would respect the Chinese delegation’s decision.
the night was reserved for the 300-strong Taiwan team, who entered last.”
That is, the PRC flag was allowed to be displayed, but the simple fact that Ma would be there was enough to get the PRC team to cancel. When the mere appearance of only genuinely democratically elected leader on official Chinese soil is enough to cause a PRC boycott, what are the chances of there ever being a genuine reconciliation?
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