China song on cross-strait rail ruffles feathers in Taiwan

Plan to link mainland with island is extension of Beijing's unification agenda, says Taipei

A catchy song on Beijing's plan to build a high-speed rail linking the mainland with Taiwan has ruffled feathers on the island with officials describing the plan as an "extension of China's unification agenda".

Take The High-Speed Train To Taiwan, composed by Meng Xudong and Pang Huichen, alludes to a ride on a railway network from Beijing through other cities such as Tianjin, Hefei, Fuzhou to Taipei.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2021, with the headline 'China song on cross-strait rail ruffles feathers in Taiwan'. Subscribe