Children's choir punished for singing Taiwan anthem

Central Station | 17 Jun 2016

China has axed a visit by a popular Taiwanese children's choir after they sang the island's anthem at the inauguration of its new president, as ties between the rivals grow increasingly frosty.

The choir is the latest casualty since Beijing-skeptic Tsai Ing-wen won the presidency in January.

The aboriginal Puzangalan Choir made a name for itself in Taiwan after singing a moving rendition of the national anthem on stage during the inauguration celebrations.

But Chinese authorities seem to have been less impressed.

Choir organizers say city officials have canceled their performance at a children's choral festival in Zhongshan, in Guangdong, due to take place in July.

Tsai pledged NT$500,000 (HK$120,000) to their cause after learning of the cancelation.

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