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Taiwan apologises to indigenous people for first time

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (R) greets representatives dressed in traditional clothing of each of the island's 16 recognised tribes, at her office in Taipei on August 1, 2016Wearing traditional dress from feather headdresses to loincloths, members of Taiwan’s indigenous community met President Tsai Ing-wen Monday as she made a landmark apology for centuries of suffering including the loss of ancestral lands. “I apologise to the indigenous people on behalf of the government, offering our deepest apology for the suffering and injustice you endured over the past 400 years,” she said in speech. The indigenous community — which makes up about two percent of Taiwan’s 23.5 million people — have seen their traditional culture eroded since immigrants started arriving from China centuries ago.

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