Former NBA star Dwight Howard has sparked backlash in China after a promotional video in which he referred to Taiwan as a “country”.
In a commercial appearance alongside Taiwan’s vice-president, Howard said (in English) that he had gained “a whole new appreciation of this country” since moving to Taiwan to play for the Taoyuan Leopards in the T1 League.
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“This place makes me feel so much love,” Howard said.
“I experience so much hospitality in a friendly and great living environment, with such a diverse culture.
“Now, I would like to invite everyone to experience the warmth and vitality that I have felt during my time in Taiwan.”
The eight-time NBA All-Star has a significant presence in China, with the sport blossoming…