Blurred lines: Chinese state media pixelates Taiwanese flag in news clip about new president


Chinese state media have once again blurred out the Taiwanese flag in a news video about the island state’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen.

People’s Daily Online published a report about Tsai’s meeting with Assistant U.S. Secretary of Commerce Marcus D. Jadotte, noting that she struggled to gather her thoughts in Chinese.

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It is not the first time state media have obscured the Taiwanese flag.

Last year, as ties between Taipei and Beijing were warming, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) blurred out a pin of the flag worn by former President Ma Ying-jeou.

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The report was related to Ma’s press conference on his historic meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Beijing insists that Taiwan is part of China and has urged the new Taiwanese president to voice support for the “one China” policy.