Work from Hobby Expo China sparks controversy

TAIPEI (The China Post) – The 2020 presidential election is just around the corner and cross-strait relations have become increasingly tenser.

An example of this is a miniature model at the Hobby Expo China, an international model exhibition, featuring a group of tanks driving through the streets of Taipei that triggered heated discussions online.

The miniature model allegedly highlights the self-centered Chinese mindset of unifying with Taiwan by force.

It successfully includes Taiwan’s renowned food highlights such as Yongkang Beef Noodles and famous pork-chop restaurant Shilin Shiquan Paigu, as well as President Tsai Ing-wen’s campaign board for the 2020 Presidential Election.

But there is a mismatch. Some netizens pointed out that the road signs are actually written in simplified Chinese, which kind of ruins the artist’s original statement.

Other netizens also commented: “There are no motorcycles at all? So fake!” or “Well, the judges will be highly satisfied.”

Some said: “I respect your freedom to dream” and “Taiwan should also make one mocking the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.”