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Taiwan’s metal diplomacy

Pro-UN band ChthoniC joining Ozzfest

Ozzy Osbourne — goodwill ambassador?

Taiwan, a self-ruled island state set up by retreating Nationalists after the Chinese civil war in 1949, has tried 14 times to gain United Nations recognition, with no success. Now, politicians in capital Taipei are hoping that rousing rock anthems might succeed where diplomacy has failed.

Taiwanese goth-rock band ChthoniC, which has recorded a song called “UNlimited TAIWAN” urging the UN to let Taiwan join, will be part of Osbourne’s Ozzfest concert tour this summer. Ozzy is helping set up 20 of the band’s U.S. gigs, paying some transport costs and letting the band promote its cause as it wishes.

ChthoniC will travel to 80 cities in four countries by the end of the year, supported in part by the Taiwan government, which is providing pro-UN literature and a slogan-painted truck.

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