Romantic TV drama under fire for using wrong map
China’s Ministry of Natural Resources said Thursday they had ordered a local authority to investigate a case where a TV drama used the wrong map.
Episode 39 of Go Go Squid, broadcast on Wednesday evening, was reported to have used a map that did not indicate the island of Taiwan, Hainan Province, South Tibet and Aksai Chin.
The problematic map had not gone through inspection procedures, the ministry said, and urged "relevant authorities to handle the matter according to the law."
Zhu Wei, a professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, said the map possibly violated article 12 of China’s Cyber Security Act.
Qu Youning, a Taiwan director engaged in the production of the TV drama, denied in an interview with the Global Times on Thursday that it was him who put the wrong map in the drama.
Before the drama was released on July 9, some internet users revealed that Qu had previously liked posts saying the Chinese mainland and Taiwan were two separate sovereignties on Facebook and suspected that Qu supported Taiwan separation.
Lead actor Li Xian and actress Yang Zi in the latest production also released announcements on their own Sina Weibo accounts soon after screenshots of the wrong map went viral, saying that they resolutely endorse the reunification of the motherland.
episode n. 插曲；一段情节；插话；有趣的事件
violate vt. 违反；侵犯，妨碍；亵渎
resolutely adv. 坚决地；毅然地