The president of Taiwan has come under attack for being an unmarried woman without children.
If an article published in China’s state-published International Herald Leader is to be believed, Tsai Ing-wen holds radical views because “as a single female politician, she has no emotional encumbrances of love, no family restraint, no children to worry about.”
It naturally follows that “her political style and tactics are often emotional, personalised, and extreme,” according to a translation by CNN.
After facing intense backlash and accusations of discrimination and sexism, the offending article - written by Chinese military official and scholar for the People’s Liberation Army, Wang Weixing - appears to have been taken down from the paper’s website.
A former law professor and trade negotiator, Ms Ing-wen is Taiwan’s first female leader and was elected to the nation’s highest office in January with a 56.1 per cent majority.
She was officially sworn into office last week when she failed to explicitly endorse Beijing’s idea that both Taiwan and the mainland are part of “one China”.
Although Taiwan has been governed separately from the mainland since 1949, China has continued to use their extensive military as a threat against full independence.
Ms Ing-wen’s appointment is likely to cause some tension as she is ending the rule of her more Beijing-friendly predecessor from the Nationalist Party.