A university club yesterday rebutted a media report that several Chinese exchange students at a school had challenged Taiwan’s sovereignty during a recent school activity.
In an article posted on the Web blog of the Diplomatic Affairs Research Club of Soochow University, president of the club Luo Hao (羅浩) dismissed a report by the Chinese-language China Times that said some exchange students from China questioned Taiwan’s sovereign status during the club’s recruitment event.
The story quoted Hawang Shiow-duan (黃秀端), chairwoman of the university’s Department of Political Science, as saying that the students told members of the club that “Taiwan is not a country” while questioning the legitimacy of the club’s existence.
The report immediately drew heated debate about the Chinese students’ remarks on a university discussion board on the nation’s largest college bulletin board system, PTT.
“What the Chinese students said exactly was: ‘I remember Taiwan does not have a seat at the UN,’” said Lo, who was present at the event.
Luo said that members of the club had explained Taiwan’s sovereign status to the Chinese students rationally rather than in a confrontational manner, since the Chinese students had been educated under the Chinese system.
Luo urged other students to be more open-minded when confronted by Chinese students on similar issues because “after all, they [Chinese students] don’t understand the reality of the world outside [China].”
“To us, the fact that the Republic of China is an independent sovereign country is unquestionable,” Luo said.
“We hope to help Chinese students understand the special condition between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait through exchanges and interaction,” Luo said.
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