Taiwan K-pop star flag row escalates after apology

Taiwan has ruled itself since a split with the Chinese mainland in 1949 after a civil war, but has never formally declared independenceTaiwan’s presidential candidates waded in to a row with China and South Korea Saturday after a teenage Taiwanese K-pop star was forced to apologise for waving the island’s flag. A video apology from a tired and sombre Chou Tzu-yu, 16, went viral hours after it was posted, with more than two million hits by Saturday morning. The controversy dominated news coverage in Taiwan on the day the island votes for a new leader, with China ties a key issue.

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