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China: Gamer flag controversy

Liu You-chen, a Taiwanese E-sport player, suddenly displayed a Republic of China flag while he accepted a bronze medal at the award ceremony of World Cyber Games (WCG) 2007, which took place in Seattle USA. The actions immediately infuriated the players like Sha Junchun (aka PJ) and Li Xiaofeng (aka SKY) and members of media from China. The Taiwan media United Daily News reported two Chinese gamers insulted and badgered Taiwan competitors until police and event organizers quickly separated them.

Li Xiaofeng, one of the most famous gamer in mainland, explains his compulsion at the WCG finals in his personal blog at star sports:

ECP电竞中文门户 2007-10-12 10:28:00

WE.SKY Sees WCG Flag-gate Case: The Truth is just So-so
ECP Chinese Electronic Portal 2007-10-12 10:28:00

I see a lot of people are talking about the things happened at the WCG award ceremony. Telling at will, the situation at that time did make me too sad to accept what had happened.
As a Chinese, educated from the very beginning, I always believe the compatriots in Taiwan are standing with us.
Of course, when I gradually grew up I had learned more about it. Talking such kind of issues with my friends, some of them felt stimulated while some of them felt there’s no alternative. Anyway, it’s the reality of Chinese and the belief in our mind has never changed.
At that time, we had made representations with WCG Committee. Subsequently, It’s the Taiwan team leader’s sharp words that caused the conflicts.
Of course, Such kind of things have never changed my views to the friends in Taiwan. However, at some time, under some occasions, being a Chinese, we all have the duty to do something.
As to the attack from all sides or whatever, it’s the media’s spin. Just let it go because everyone has the rights to speak.
Justice will always prevail.
Anyway, China WCG Committee has reported someone’s petty actions in Taiwan team to the WCG Committee.
WAR3 friends from Taiwan, I wish more mutual understanding between us from now on! (It’s not for one or two days that we have communicated with WAR3 friends of Taiwan. I believe we actually know each other and don’t let one or two people affect our friendship)

P.S. (I’m not a reporter and I believe someone will introduce the concrete process of this event. Being a Chinese, It’s absolutely necessary for me to strive interests of our country and devote my own efforts while our team compete abroad.)

Although Li Xiaofeng displayed a mild tune in his blog, lots of netizens in mainland strongly supported Sha Junchun and Li Xiaofeng’s behavior in this event and they did believe what they had done was patriotic and responsible.

Here are two comments from Li's blog:

Ygod 发表于 2007-10-14 16:56:29
公道自在人心 爱国是做人的根本

Ygod posted: 2007-10-14 16:56:29
Justice will always prevail.
Patriotism is the essential to be a good man.

Kyo.陈 发表于 2007-10-12 13:15:55
SKY,好样的 ,

Kyo.Chen posted: 2007-10-12 13:15:55
Support the behavior of Chinese players!!!!
The ultra-minority can never gain their purpose!!
I have seen the results. The WCG Committee has condemned the Taiwan team, and the Taiwan team has apologized!!
The Chinese people will hold together for ever!
Good work, Sky!
So do Fly and PJ.
You are the proud of China!!
Support you for ever!!

An anonymous netizen at Sohu’s blog community has a more impetuous attitude to Taiwan:

发布者 搜狐网友 2007-10-12 21:03
坚决支持! 扎反!
什么台湾民众! 都是大陆子民,还在上面舞国旗,什么概念?

Posted by Sohu netizen
Strongly support (the China team’s behavior)! Strongly oppose (to the Taiwan team)!
What the Taiwanese! (you are) All the sons and daughters of the mainland; how can you display a country flag there? What do you mean?
If (mainland) attack Taiwan, all the people in our school will take part in the war!!

A netizen named Feng Guangsile (means very famous) gives his opinion on Taiwan’s report at

作者:风光死了 发表于:2007-10-09 12:52:04


Author: Feng Guangsile posted: :2007-10-09 12:52:04
The event is true. Surely there’s a conflict which is proved by the photos.
The persons involved are also quite sure. The photos were photographed very clearly — a number of Chinese youth, who are pretty handsome.
Maybe there’s abuse. The youth are always irascible. Especially to Li Xiaofeng, who had just lost the game, he was obviously not in a good mood.
I don’t think there are physical assaults. According to the photos, we can see a lot of people were present; would they deny what they had done in the full light of public notice?
However, I can’t understand how Chinese people call others “Chinese Pig”. Isn’t it insulting ourselves, so such kind of things can never happen. I supposed there must be someone present who loudly spoke this word; the media couldn’t find out the speaker, so they threw the shit to Chinese. It’s really not smart.
Although there’s freedom of the press, it doesn’t mean they always tell the truth.



Even though, there were still a few of netizens in mainland who were against the Chinese players’ impetuous behavior to the Taiwanese.

Some anonymous netizens show their different opinions at Sina’s blog community:

[匿名] 新浪网友
2007-10-10 13:30:51

[Anonymous] Sina netizen
2007-10-10 13:30:51
I don’t support the SKY and PJ’s behavior, which has no manners. Whether Taiwan is a country or not is not decided by you/me/him. It’s not a thing that an E-sport player or a hobbyist can figure out. The politics must be handed by the politics, but not by the E-sport players who represents peace and friendship.

[匿名] 新浪网友
2007-10-10 13:33:21

[Anonymity] Sina netizen
2007-10-10 13:33:21
Look at the above comments which are written by those so called patriotic youth. I finally see why the Taiwanese want to be independent. What a pity! I truly hope people in mainland can really regard Taiwan as one part of China. But now it’s quite on the contrary. If we always hold this attitude to them, I think Taiwan will never come back.



    This GVO entry selected voices from China (PRC), which mostly take Taiwan (ROC) as a part of China for granted, makes me wonder that global voice online may be subject to bias.

    That boy showed the flag of Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan), which means he identified himself as a Chinese. But those reactive Chinese competitors’s action deprived his human right to being pride of a people from Republic of China.

    This rude action just makes people in Taiwan (ROC) dislike the China (PRC), which is under the ruling power of Chinese Communist Party.

    Taiwan, i.e. the Republic of China, is a democratic and free country. On the contrary, the People’s Republic of China, is a totalist country. Why should Chinese flag from the free land should be suppressed by the totalist part of China? I don’t see that!

    (Don’t forget, the PRC China is a supporter of the Burmese junta government and Darfur civil conflicts. How can this kind of government represent China?)

    The world should support all the Chinese who embrace democracy, freedom, human right, love and peace; and condemn the opposite ones.

    The world should teach Chinese people accept the state of free China and reject the state of unfree China.

    PS. Many Chinese people under the thinking and speech control of the China government are taught by limited information about the affairs and history across the strait. I feel sorry about this. I hope freedom can prevails China as soon as possible so that all of us can understand the truth and think cosmopolitanly.

  • David

    I guess here GVO only reflects the ideas of Chinese in mainland. That’s why we see GVO,isn’t it? If GVO only shows our ideas,how can we know what the Chinese in mainland are thinking about? The comments are bias,however,they just reflect the PRC people’s opinion on this ridiculous thing. From the Chinese comments, we know why the PRC’s competitors did that brutal thing.They are “educated from the very beginning”.

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  • Charles Liu

    I hope Chinese Taipei team will displine their players who violated agreed upon rules that is supposed to keep competition pure and politics out as much as possible.

    Take a look at the official WCG site, and the Chinese Taipei team flag representing Taiwan:

    Still think the bad behavior is only one side?

  • I have changed back the title to China: gamer flag controversy.

    Believe me, it is a mistake by the editor, the writer is new to gv and has little knowledge of our guideline.

    The first step to communication is to get to know what others opinions are, even though we may disagree. and there are many people with good intention try to understand the issue from both sides and try to bridge the gap, like the post from 1510:

  • @Trust and David:
    Instead of wondering and guessing, please note that GVO has both a Taiwan and a China section; instead of focussing on one and calling it bias, something that is inevitable to avoid in any case, I’d hope that everyone finds the time to read both. That said, which of you are interested in contributing to GVO?

    I’m sorry that my decision to put a “Taiwan” header upset the two of you. This was my mistake, and I apologize to you, and Meng as well, for making this change without seeking his approval first. I rest assured, now, that a “China” header would not have offended anyone.

    I’m really touched by several of the points that TRUST makes, and I’d like to re-post just one here:

    “The world should support all the Chinese who embrace democracy, freedom, human right, love and peace; and condemn the opposite ones.”

  • ifan

    Hi Meng and Oiwan,
    To write an article for GVO, the author should take the responsibility of conveying the truth.
    Although it is very very hard to define what truth is, the writer should at least show some efforts he/she have done.
    Writing an article like this one without sampling any comment from Taiwanese blogs, it is not a good idea.
    If Meng cannot access Taiwanese blogs, maybe we should work on this problem.

  • 台灣人



  • 台灣人




    I admit that I am shallow.

    As today I re-read the article that entitled with “China: …,” I have completely different feeling. This is why I call myself shallow: too easily moved by words and unawarely. I appreciate Oiwan’s changing the name of region from Taiwan to China, which makes the title relevant to the text. In addition, this prevents the misconception like mine yesterday.

    I also thank David and John for your responses. You are both right. Actually, before submitting the comment yesterday, I had thought about the same thing: the important value of GVO that demonstrating all the voices, and respecting the voices. I also believe Meng did as well as to collect the voices from the netizens at the middle stance. But I still submitted the comment yesterday. I try to analyze my action: I felt that the article title with “Taiwan: …” misrepresents the voices in the article. But, my comment failed to point out this; I am sorry for any inconvenience.

    Nevertheless, I do not apologize for some other arguments in the comments! :P Because I do hope freedom and human right can be a daily possession of everyone people living in China. :)

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