Thousands of posts, apparently from China, have flooded the Facebook page of Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, demanding her self-ruled island be brought under Chinese control, though her party brushed it off and said they respected their views.
Tsai and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide on Saturday, prompting concern in Beijing that she may push for the island’s formal independence.
As of Thursday morning, more than 40,000 people had made comments on her Facebook page, in a repetition of a similar incident in November.
Many of the posts were written in the simplified Chinese characters used on the mainland, and a lot of them repeated a standard Communist Party refrain about how shameful it is to harm the motherland.
“Why do Taiwanese think we’ve all been brainwashed? We’ve all be taught from small that Taiwanese are compatriots, and Taiwan is the jewelled island,” wrote one, apparently Chinese, poster.
Others referred to Tsai as “Taiwan province governor”.
“Absolutely Taiwan is part of China unless you are taught in a misleading way,” one person wrote in English.
DPP spokesman Ruan Chao-hsiung said Chinese internet users were just “exercising their freedom of speech”.
“As long as their comments are not overly extreme, we have full respect for them,” Ruan said.
Tsai herself posted on Thurday: “The greatness of this country is that everyone has their own rights”. Read More