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China wants to put Taiwan’s sporting victories under its banner

Business Insider, Voice of America

Beijing has also sought to claim credit for Taiwan’s sporting victories. Under a decades-old agreement, Taiwanese athletes compete under the name Chinese Taipei, despite the self-governing island firmly rejecting the claim that it is part of Chinese territory.

After the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, China presented an alternate version of the medal table that declared itself and not the U.S. as the overall winner, after including the medal wins of Taiwan and Hong Kong. Some fans say it doesn’t especially matter – at the Asian Games held in Hangzhou in October, one Taiwanese baseball manager said he had traveled to the mainland simply for the baseball. “Sports is sports, politics is politics,” he told Voice of America. “We are here for the sports.”

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