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Top Gun's Maverick risks China's anger with Taiwan flag on jacket

The sequel "Top Gun: Maverick" features Tom Cruise's character wearing a bomber jacket with the Taiwanese flag, something considered an independence symbol by authorities in Beijing

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Tom Cruise isn’t simply taking on what appears to be Russian-made fighter jets in his remake of the 1986 classic “Top Gun”: He’s also angering China.    
 
The sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” features Cruise’s character wearing a bomber jacket with the Taiwanese flag, something considered an independence symbol by authorities in Beijing, who view the island as part of its territory. The government of President Tsai Ing-wen asserts Taiwan is already a de facto independent nation in need of wider international recognition.

The flag was either missing or couldn’t be seen properly in a trailer for the

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First Published: May 31 2022 | 1:42 PM IST

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