F9’s John Cena apologizes to China after calling Taiwan a country
Fast and Furious 9 actor John Cena apologizes on Chinese social media for referring to Taiwan as a country during an interview for the upcoming film.
Actor John Cena, star of the next F9, recently posted an apology video to the Chinese public for referring to Taiwan as a country, which contradicts the Chinese government’s one-China principle.
Cena said in the apology video (translated from Mandarin): “There is something I need to clarify. I have done numerous interviews for F9. In one of the interviews I made a mistake … There was a lot of interviews and information and I made a mistake. He went on to say, “I love and respect China and the Chinese people. I am very sorry for my mistake. The video circulated on the Chinese social media app, Weibo.
The controversy stems from an interview Cena provided to Taiwanese network TVBS to promote the latest episode of the Fast and furious franchise. The actor told the network (translated from Taiwanese Mandarin): “Taiwan is the first country to see F9“Cena’s apology drew negative reactions from prominent figures across Southeast Asia, as well as vocal politicians who questioned current relations with the Chinese Communist Party.
In order to understand the matter, it is important to note that while Taiwan is for all intents and purposes an independent nation, the current Chinese government, under the one-China principle, does not recognize the island as a separate territory. The problem stems from a conflict that began in the late 1920s between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Kuomintang (KMT), the latter having declared Taiwan the Republic of China after the Chinese Civil War, while the CCP has declared Taiwan the Republic of China after the Chinese Civil War. established People’s Republic of China. Since that time, the CCP has expressed its intention to forcibly claim Taiwan.
Until recent years, the United States – although indirectly supporting the democratic country of Taiwan – never explicitly designated it as a country, due to the desire to maintain civil relations with China. This approach to the issue changed with the Biden administration in response to increased Chinese military aggression around the Taiwan Strait. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Taiwan a country in a public speech. In addition, the United States has sent envoys to Taiwan to discuss support and the tense situation surrounding the region. Additionally, in a largely symbolic gesture, President Biden congratulated President Tsai Ing-Wen on his re-election and received his call when he was elected.
Directed by Justin Lin, F9 stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron. The film hits theaters on June 25.
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Source: YouTube, TVBS
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