China is being offended of NBC for not showing country’s ‘complete’ map

19:51, 24 July 2021
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The Chinese government accused NBC for showing an “incomplete” country map during the coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, describing it as an effort to “play political tricks”.

The reaction of Chinese consulate came immediately, saying in an issued statement, that the absence of Taiwan or the South China Sea in the map displayed during the parade of competitors, “hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people”.

“The map is an expression of the national territory, symbolizing national sovereignty and territorial integrity. We urge the NBC to recognize the serious nature of this problem and take measures to correct the error. Attempts to use the Olympic Games to play political ‘tricks’ and self-promotion to achieve ulterior motives will never succeed,” reads the statement.

The status of self-ruled Taiwan is one of the most sensitive issues between the US and China. However, the US does not officially recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty but actively support the diplomatic relationship. The fact that the unofficial US delegation visited Taiwan back in April intensified the strain on US-China relations.