With Taiwanese Facebook users satirically begging for the mainland’s forgiveness in a viral competition called the “First Annual ‘Apologise To China’ Contest,” Chinese netizens have responded in kind…
With the #First Annual ‘Apologise to Taiwan Province’ Competition# on Weibo. No VPN needed here, folks.
Most user comments referred to China as “father” and Taiwan as “wanwan” or “son.” They tended to focus on cultural differences between the two sides of the strait.
“The fact that you guys speak Chinese and Taiwanese and write in traditional characters makes me laugh. Sorry, these are all from China,” wrote @huihui-vivian.
“Father feels sorry for people who want independence for Taiwan. We [have failed you and] let you live like idiots. Brains are a good thing to have,” @ 斯如海.
“Sorry wanwan, I always thought Sun Moon Lake was a lake, but it’s a pond; thought Taipei was a metropolitan city, but it’s just a couple of tall buildings. Sorry I don’t understand Taiwan and I don’t want to understand it because it will be a waste of time. Hope you can forgive me for my bias,” wrote @PTWR.
“What should Taiwan apologize for? It is we who should apologize. We let you live on a tiny island with lots of typhoons and earthquakes and for that, we are sorry,” wrote @少年痴呆超晚期.
“Sorry, Taiwan, for all the money you’re losing, your island is becoming a ghost land,” wrote @五公里处等你5776.
“Sorry, I thought you were Chinese and liked your celebrities, I was wrong,” wrote @ 彼岸at提不起劲. Yikes, looks like there will be more apologies from both sides to come.
And to think, it was only last week that netizens from both sides of the strait were calling for a “Chinese brotherhood united against foreign aggression.”
By Sarah Lin
[Image via Weibo]