China was unable to stop U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from visiting Taiwan. China’s censorship is lashing out at an innocent but somewhat indicative song in retaliation.
According to Oriental Daily, the mainland’s Twitter-like platform has removed a classical ballad named, Jīnyè nǐ huì bù huì lái (今夜你会不会来), or Will You Come Tonight, by popular Hong Kong singer Leon Lai. It was never a song to challenge China’s claim to Taiwan to Chinese music lovers, as it was released as early as July 2, 1991.
But its title, Will You Come Tonight, is a lucid indicator of the House Speaker’s trip to Taiwan, defying heated warnings from the Chinese regime. Pelosi arrived on the self-ruling island around 10:44 p.m. Asia-Pacific time on August 2.
Oriental Daily said users had sarcastically cited the old-time love song about Pelosi’s Taiwan visit. Before her plane landed on the island, social media was swarmed with album covers, videos, and lyrics from Will You Come Tonight.
While China may have removed the song from the platform it controls on the mainland, it is still widely shared on Twitter.
The long-time critic of China and its human rights infamy also stated that defiant China would not be able to shoo off world leaders from coming to the island that upholds democracy.
Reuters reported that Pelosi said, “While they may prevent Taiwan from sending its leaders to global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone from traveling to Taiwan to pay respect to its flourishing democracy, to highlight its many successes and to reaffirm our commitment to continued collaboration.”