TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A number of Taiwan’s representative offices in foreign countries are found to have added the Chinese text to their Facebook page cover photos –"勇敢自信 世界同行” (Bravery and Confidence. March along with the world.).
TaiwanWarmPower, a Facebook page which posted an edited image combining the cover photos of the offices, suggested that it is a move to show solidarity of people of Taiwan around the world by following the lead of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who changed her Facebook cover photo to include the Chinese words at the end of 2018.
Tsai’s version is a photo spotlighting the mountainous landscape of Hualien, courtesy of Facebook page Taiwan Beyond, while cover images of the representative offices on the social media feature landmarks of the cities in which they are located.
The post has garnered 4,900 likes and has been shared more than 800 times, with supportive comments pouring in expressing profuse praise. Some expressed their gratitude to Taiwan’s diplomatic staff posted overseas for their effort to promote the country’s values, and others were impressed at the efficiency of respective editors of the offices’ Facebook pages. Interestingly, the heated discussion generated by the post has seen the editors appearing to interact heartily with the netizens.
Tsai has been engaged in a social media campaign recently to bring home her firm stance countering Chinese President Xi Jinping’s threat to Taiwan in a Jan. 3 speech. In a Facebook post the same day, she defiantly rejected Xi’s “one country, two systems” framework and 1992 Consensus in both Chinese and English, which has been translated into numerous languages by volunteers and shared on various social media platforms.
Cover photo of Tsai Ing-wen's Facebook page (Credit: FB Tsai Ing-wen)