DPP legislator Pasuya Yao holds a photo of a Taiwanese actor who resembles Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei during a questioning session at the legislature. (Photo/Yao Chih-ping)
A list of 101 notable Chinese figures recently published by Taiwanese web portal Yam.com, may be a helpful guide for Wang Yu-chih, the new head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, who was criticized recently for not recognizing several Chinese leaders.
The site said it had compiled the list to improve the Taiwanese public's understanding of China, in line with warmer ties across the Taiwan Strait.
The expert panel which put the list together was headed by Vivien Ku, chairwoman of the site's parent company, who is also the eldest daughter of Koo Chen-fu — the inaugural chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation, a quasi-official body in Taiwan that is responsible for handling cross-strait affairs in the absence of formal ties.
Yam.com stated that members who sat on the panel included Taiwanese lawmaker Lin Yu-fang, broadcasters Hsiao Yi-fen and Lu Hsiu-fang and Lai Chin-hung, a seasoned reporter on cross-strait affairs for the Chinese-language United Daily News.
Besides the five Taiwanese judges, the panel also included China's most popular talk show host Chen Luyu, Chinese online portal Sohu's Managing Editor Liu Chun, Chinese playwright Guo Qihong and publishing house Beijing Phoenix Linkage Media Co. President Zhang Xiaobo.
In addition, Yam.com also invited Wang Zhizhong, the son of Wang Daohan — Koo's Chinese counterpart in the cross-strait talks — to take part in the compilation of the list.
Most of the 101 notable Chinese figures are active in the arts domain, with film director Zhang Yimou, pianist Lang Lang, and singer Na Ying making the list, the site pointed out.
Chinese President Hu Jintao, Vice President Xi Jinping, Vice Premier Li Keqiang, People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan and China' top cross-strait negotiator Chen Yulin figure among the personalities listed in the politics category.
However, Wang Yi, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council, is not included among these political figures, but with academics.
The 2011 French Open women's champion Li Na and former NBA player Yao Ming also made the list along with Jack Ma, founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and China Central Television news presenter Bai Yansong.