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The curious case of a map and a disappearing Taiwan minister at U.S. democracy summit | Reuters

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During US President Joe Biden’s Summit for Democracy Last week, a video stream of a Taiwanese minister was interrupted after a graphic in her slideshow displayed Taiwan in a different hue than China, which professes the territory as its own.

According to people familiar with the situation, the map showed in Taiwanese Digital Minister Audrey Tang’s video feed for roughly a minute on Friday, causing concern among US authorities.

The video feed displaying Tang was stopped during a panel discussion and substituted with audio-only, according to the witnesses, who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation. According to the sources, the White House was concerned that separating Taiwan and China on a map at a US-hosted conference would be perceived as contradicting Washington’s “one-China” strategy, which avoids taking a stance on whether Taiwan is part of China.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/curious-case-map-disappearing-taiwan-minister-us-democracy-summit-2021-12-12/

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