The national emblem of the Republic of China was on the wreath representing Taiwan, and the Chinese representative thus boycotted the event and did not show up as protest. The seat arranged for the representative remained vacant throughout the ceremony.
A spokesperson of the president, Chen Yi-xin, says, "Denying Taiwanese sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands is a humiliation to the country. The ROC government and her people cannot accept this."
Custom officers will ignore decorations if the information page or chip and bar code of the passport are not falsified or damaged.
Huang Guo-chang, Academic Sinica researcher and member of the New Power Party, also offers countless reasons the KMT should fall from power.