Chinese organizers canceled an invitation to a Taiwanese children’s choir who performed the island’s national anthem at May inauguration of new president Tsai Ing-wen, reports said Thursday.
The Puzangalan Choir made up of children from the native Paiwan aboriginal tribe was due to perform at a festival in southern China’s Guangdong province on July 20, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency said.
It quoted the choir’s musical director Wu Sheng-ying as saying the Chinese organizers informed the choir one week after they appeared at the May 20 inauguration of the self-governing island’s first female president.
No reason was given, although China claims Taiwan as its own territory and regularly retaliates against artists whom it sees as backing the island’s independent identity, along with other overseas artists with whom it is displeased. Read More