Chinese officials in India have attempted to take advantage of the heroics of a Taiwanese man who, despite being injured in a deadly restaurant bombing in India on Feb. 13, dashed back inside to help other survivors, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Henry Chen (陳銘政) said.
Chen said the Chinese officials attempted to portray the heroic Taiwanese as a Chinese national.
“They went to see him at the hospital, but he pretended to be asleep [to avoid being taken advantage of],” Chen told the Taipei Times yesterday.
The spokesman declined to reveal further details.
When Huang Chih-ming (黃志明) went to India last month, he had no idea he would be at the scene of a bombing that would kill nine.
He was having a meal with friends at the restaurant when the bomb exploded on the evening of Feb. 13. Huang survived the attack, but his left leg was injured after being hit by a gas canister. His eardrums were also ruptured by the explosion.
He nevertheless rushed back into the crowded eatery in Pune, India, to save other victims after hearing two people crying for help, Huang said.
“I feel ashamed to be called a hero,” Huang said after receiving a certificate of appreciation from Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (楊進添) yesterday morning.
“After I had recovered a little bit, I realized that many people stayed late in the hospital that night to save lives. They are the real heroes,” Huang said.
Huang, who returned to Taipei on Feb. 25, said his faith had led him to do the right thing in the wake of the blast.
“I grew up in Taiwan and was educated here. I believe any Taiwanese in my shoes would have done the same thing,” he said.
Huang has been awarded 50,000 rupees (US$1,090) by the Indian government and received another 10,000 rupees from Taiwan’s representative office in India. He donated the money to the hospital where victims of the attack were cared for.
The minister said Huang’s behavior exemplified the Taiwanese spirit, adding that the nation was proud of his kindness.
The bombing was the first major attack in India since the Mumbai massacre in 2008. It happened one day after India and Pakistan agreed to resume talks.
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