According to the latest poll conducted in Taiwan, the number of ROC citizens who identify as Chinese has reached a new all-time low of 46.8%, dropping below the 50% benchmark for the first time.
Surprisingly, mainland news services decided to run a story covering the results of the poll, which sought to ascertain the impact of the Sunflower student movement earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, when it came to the numbers of people identifying as Chinese they simply said there had been “no obvious change.”
Maybe they’re just glad Taiwan’s numbers are still higher than Hong Kong’s, where only 22% of people are willing to call themselves Chinese.
However, these numbers do not tell the full story: other polls have proven that the majority of those who do identify as Chinese regard themselves as “both Chinese and Taiwanese.” The number who identify as simply Chinese in fact far lower – about as low as 2%.
By Ryan Kilpatrick
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