Chang Chi-chang said young Chinese should think about why their Taiwanese peers always deeply care about Taiwan’s flag and why people around the world could speak about their countries and flags with pride in front of Chinese, except Taiwanese.
He said Taiwanese at various international competitions have also had the flag taken from them by Chinese officials or nationals.
“I would say that the reasons behind those incidents have been far more than politics. They also involved a lack of empathy and rationality on the part of young Chinese,” said Chou Yu-hsiu (周榆修), the department’s deputy director.
Increased understanding and engagement across the Taiwan Strait would only be possible and meaningful with the foundation of empathy, rationality and mutual respect, Chou said.