Concern has been raised after a Chinese state-run news outlet proposed a “final solution to the Taiwan question”.
The term was used on Twitter by Global News, which is self-described as “China’s national English language newspaper”. It said: “The CPC’s warning against secessionism is not just talking the talk, and whether the final solution of Taiwan question will be peaceful or not, the secessionists will be judged, condemned and punished.”
Frank Müller-Rosentritt, a member of the German Parliament and its Committee on Foreign Affairs, compared the terminology to Nazi propaganda. The Final Solution (Die Endloesung), or the Final Solution of the Jewish Problem, is the name given by the Nazis to their programme to exterminate six million Jews during the Holocaust.
Mr Müller-Rosentritt said: “If a Chinese propaganda medium operates with historically loaded terms, then all alarm bells should ring for us against the background of our history.”
One Twitter user replied to the article by saying: “As a German living in Taiwan I never ever want to hear anyone talking about a ‘final solution’. This is disgraceful.”