Another Beijing gaffe, I think, and an excellent public relations opportunity for Taiwan to loudly tell the world they are a sovereign nation. Moreover, the CNN report I saw framed it alongside Tibet. This can only go down well in terms of international sympathy.
What kills me is that Taiwan’s refusal of the route was delivered by this unprepossessing guy who spent the entire time looking down at the script he was reading from. He didn’t once look at the camera. Whats more his body postion was hunched over and awkward.
Whats up with that? Complete ineptness at media relations? Fear? Shame? Maybe this particular guy really goes for the Beijing ‘compatriot’ schtick and couldn’t bear to stand up to his own words.
The ideal would have been someone serious, but appealing looking, who delivered the message straight to the camera.