Hong Kong based businessman reacts to John Cena’s apology after facing backlash over Taiwan ‘country’ comment

Hong Kong based businessman, Robert Chan, PhD responded to wrestling star-actor John Cena who apologized for calling Taiwan a “country” when he recently visited the self-ruling island to promote his latest movie.

Mr. Chan took Filipino-Chinese community in Hong Kong by surprise when he commented on a news article reshared by national broadsheet Hong Kong International Business News on Wednesday about the incident.

The article reported Cena apologizing on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging platform, using conversational Mandarin.


“I’m doing a lot of interviews. I made a mistake in one of my interviews. Everyone was asking me if I could use Chinese – [movie] staff gave me a lot of information, so there was a lot of interviews and information,” he was quoted as saying in a report by South China Morning Post.

“I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, very important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I apologize, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you,” Cena added.


The wrestling star appeared on Taiwanese television TVBS earlier this month to promote his action movie “Fast and Furious 9,” where he said that it would be the first “country” to see the latest film in the franchise.

Cena’s comment has prompted a backlash in China, which considers Taiwan a part of its territory.

The self-governing island has been governed independently of China since 1949. It has its own democratically elected government but Beijing has vowed to eventually “unify” it with the mainland.

Meanwhile, this was how Chan, a Filipino-Chinese businessman base in Hong Kong with operations also in Taiwan, responded to the news article reporting on Cena’s apology through a Facebook comment. He wrote:

“Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country Taiwan is a country … China should leave it alone.” Xi must pressuring Taiwan like he did in Hong Kong.

Chan also added a series of Taiwanese flags to emphasize his point.

The Hong Kong base businessman on Twitter explained that his companies support Hong Kong and Taiwan on its independency. He added that he employs Chinese who support the same views.

The businessman’s tweet has earned more than 8,400 likes on the microblogging platform so far.