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In August, Dee Hsu was accused by Chinese netizens of being pro-Taiwanese independence after she called Taiwanese Olympians “our national athletes”.

The scandal and Dee's subsequent efforts to clear the air, resulted in her losing multiple endorsements in China and fans on both sides of the straits.

However, more than a month later, it appears that Dee has been exonerated, and by the powers that be, no less.

Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), has stepped forward to clear Dee’s name, calling the scandal a “deliberate act” by those with “political manipulation” in mind.

The Taiwan Affairs Office is an administrative agency under the State Council of Mainland China.

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