Taiwan's President Condemns California Church Shooting

    Photo: AFP/Getty Images [via The Guardian]

    The Facts

    • On Tues., Taiwan Pres. Tsai Ing-wen condemned the attack at a church in CA attended by a Taiwanese congregation. She assigned the island's chief representative in the US to provide assistance to the impacted community.

    • The shooting carried out on Sun. left one person dead and five others wounded at Geneve Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Orange County, during a lunch reception.


    The Spin

    Pro-China narrative

    Instead of focusing on the suspect's nationality and trying to misrepresent this tragic event to incite anti-China rhetoric and inflame tensions across the Taiwan Straits, Western media should start questioning why gun violence is so frequent in the US.

    Anti-China narrative

    This was clearly a politically-motivated hate crime against the Taiwanese people. The shooter appeared supportive of PRC-Taiwan unification, and has a documented hatred towards the island. It's not a coincidence he targeted a Presbyterian church, a prominent supporter of independence in Taiwan.


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