China's Golden Horse Awards sees a winner rally for Taiwan's independence in acceptance speech

At China's Golden Horse Awards a winner expressed hope for Taiwan's independence causing a row over the island state's political status.

Indo-Asian News Service November 19, 2018 13:33:32 IST
China's Golden Horse Awards sees a winner rally for Taiwan's independence in acceptance speech

Controversy has broken out at China's Golden Horse Awards after a winner expressed hope for Taiwan's independence one day causing a row over the island states political status.

The 55th annual awards -- dubbed the "Chinese Oscars" -- were held here in the Taiwanese capital on 17 November, the BBC reported.

Fu Yue, who won the best documentary award, said in her acceptance speech that she hoped Taiwan would be recognised as "independent".

Fu, whose documentary Our Youth in Taiwan was about the island's 2014 Sunflower Movement, said: "I hope one day our country will be recognised and treated as a truly independent entity. This is my biggest wish as a Taiwanese."

Her words appeared to spark opposition from mainland Chinese stars, with former Best Actor winner Tu Men saying he was honoured to present an award in "China, Taiwan" a phrase many Taiwanese object to. He added "the two sides were like a close family".

On 18 November, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen waded into the controversy with "Taiwan never accepted the phrase 'China, Taiwan', and never would, because Taiwan is Taiwan", the BBC reported.

"I am proud of yesterday's Golden Horse Awards, that highlights the differences between Taiwan and mainland China, because of our freedom and diversity, and this is why this is a place where artistic creations can be free," she added in a Facebook post.

Taiwan's status is sensitive. The island has been self-ruling since 1949 but China regards it as a breakaway province that it would reunite with one day.

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