TAIPEI, Taiwan—A Taiwanese reporter working for Chinese state-run media could face a heavy fine in his native hometown.
He was called on to ask a question. President Donald Trump asked where he was from, a question seemingly to find out which media Chang worked at.
Chang responded to the question by saying he was from Taiwan, where he was born. However, his response covered up the fact that he works for Dragon Television, a broadcaster owned by China’s state-run Shanghai Media Group.
According to Chinese search engine Baidu, Chang was born in Taiwan in 1979, and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Arab studies at the National Chengchi University. He received his master’s degree in international relations at New York University.
Chang became a Washington-based reporter with Phoenix TV in 2010 and joined Dragon TV in July 2014.
Chang has about 32,300 followers on his official Weibo account. And on March 20, he took a jab at Trump when he posted two photos of Trump’s press conference notes showing what appeared to be his changing the term “Corona” virus to “Chinese” virus.
“Any political figures who shift blame to other countries cast a chill over people,” Chang wrote in the Weibo post.
The U.S. government has long warned about the Shanghai Media Group’s close ties with Chinese authorities.
“[These media outlets] offered specific measures to establish and perfect coordinated and effective long-term administrative mechanisms for pre-reporting strict examination and approval, as well as for post-reporting review, monitoring, and examination,” CECC stated, citing state-run media People’s Daily.
Following Chiu’s announcement, some users of Taiwan’s popular bulletin board service, PTT, called for stronger measures against Chang, including revoking his Taiwan’s citizenship.
One user named “nikewang” wrote: “Use [Taiwan’s] anti-infiltration law to investigate him, since the CCP is paying his salary.”