tirsdag 14. desember 2021

US appears to cut video feed of Taiwanese minister at summit

The White House has been accused of cutting the video feed of a Taiwanese minister after a map in the official’s slide presentation showed the island in a different colour to China’s during last week’s Summit for Democracy, in an effort to avoid antagonising Beijing. Reuters news agency reported that during a panel discussion on Friday, the video feed showing Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s digital minister, was replaced with audio only.

The map used in Tang’s presentation is produced by South African NGO Civicus, which ranks the world by openness on civil rights. In it, Taiwan is labelled in green, making it the only regional entity described as “open”, while all the others, including several US allies and partners who were also participants in Joe Biden’s summit, were shown as being “closed”, “repressed”, “obstructed” or “narrowed”. China, Laos, Vietnam and North Korea were coloured red and labelled “closed”.

According to people familiar with Friday’s event who spoke to Reuters, the map led officials at the White House National Security Council to express concern. The NSC was also upset as the slide had not appeared in dry-run versions of the presentation before the summit, according to the report.