In a surprising incident by the Chinese authorities, the officials took off the Facebook live streaming of a meeting between Taipei city Mayor Ko Wen-je and the Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office chied Liu Jieyi which ran just 10 minutes after it started after which it was cut off.
It was announced a day before that the Taipei Mayor and the Taiwan Affairs Office chief will meet at a Shanghai hotel and the Taipei City Government hurried to report the change in itinerary to the Taiwanese Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council.
For a twin cities forum, Taipei City Mayor Ko wen-je is spending three days in Shanghai. Ko is also expected to announce his bid for the Presidential elections of Taiwan which will take place next year in January. The spokesperson of Taipei City said that the officials of TAO have agreed to do the live stream of this meeting on Facebook. However, it was just live for 10 minutes after which the live stream was taken off for reason which is still unknown.
This was when a Chinese official stepped in addressed the lens directly and he asked to stop the recording. The spokeswoman still maintained that the streaming has been approved but the Chinese official kept insisting that the live streaming be stopped while covering the lens of camera with his hands. Eventually, the live streaming was stopped.
United Daily News reports that the live streaming was cleared by the Shanghai Division of TAO but it was not done by Liu’s head office which should have been done. Now, this adds to the fact that China does this on many occasions. Chinese officials are known to censor broadcast that they do not like. We have seen many incidents of turning television stations black while mentioning sensitive topics such as Tibet, Human Rights or Democracy in Taiwan and many other such things.