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“Taiwan’s Top Rock Band Investigated: ‘Politics at Play’ Claim Intelligence Officials

In recent months, China has come under fire for its alleged targeting of Taiwanese celebrities as part of a lip-synching probe into a top Taiwanese rock band, Mayday. According to Taiwanese intelligence officials, the investigation appears to be politically motivated. The controversy began in April, when China’s General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) announced that it would investigate Mayday’s music videos for alleged lip-syncing. Mayday is one of the most popular bands in Taiwan. Its members include popular celebrities, including lead singer Ashin, who has over 5 million followers on Weibo, China’s largest social media platform. The investigation sparked controversy in Taiwan, where the band has a large fan base. While the investigation was couched in terms of protecting consumers from potential false advertising, many saw it as part of a larger pattern of Chinese suppression of Taiwanese rights and freedoms. Taiwanese intelligence officials, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic, believe that the investigation is politically motivated. They point to the fact that Mayday is outspoken in advocating for Taiwanese independence, and its videos often focus on Taiwanese identity and culture — views which conflict with China’s stated policy of Taiwan being part of a unified “one China.” Taiwanese officials have expressed outrage at the investigation, which they see as part of a broader effort by China to assert control over the self-governing island. Chinese authorities have not responded to these accusations. The lip-synching probe is the latest in a series of moves by China to pressure and control Taiwanese celebrities, particularly those who are outspoken in their support for Taiwanese independence. The investigation has already caused significant outrage in Taiwan, and could further strain relations between the two countries.

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