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Miss Taiwan cries after allegedly being banned from waving island’s flag on stage

  • Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry condemned organizers at the World Congress on Innovation & Technology in Penang, Malaysia, for stopping beauty queen Kao Man-jung from waving the island’s flag on stage.
  • Photos and video shared on social media show the Taiwanese beauty queen crying during the opening ceremony on Tuesday.
  • Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry accused China of putting pressure on the event organizers, calling the country a “bully.”
  • WCIT organizers later apologized to Kao.
  • Organizers claimed they could not allow her to go on stage because of a “last-minute change.”

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry condemned organizers at the 2022 World Congress on Innovation & Technology (WCIT) in Penang, Malaysia, for stopping beauty queen Kao Man-jung from waving the island’s flag and joining other pageant contestants on stage.

Photos and video, shared by Taoyuan Department of Information Technology Director-General Karen Yu on Facebook, show the Taiwanese beauty queen visibly upset and in tears during the opening ceremony of the WCIT on Tuesday.