This handout photo released by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) on December 31, 2015 shows a dragon statue defaced with red paint outside the National Palace Museum in southern Chiayi. TAIWAN OUT AFP PHOTO / CNA
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Two statues donated by actor Jackie Chan to a newly opened museum in Taiwan were splashed with paint and daubed with anti-China slogans, reflecting growing tensions over Beijing's influence on the island.The museum, world famous for its collection of Chinese artifacts, slammed the attacks as nonsensical.It is not the first time that statues have been the target of protesters fearful of warming ties between Taiwan and China.Statues of Taiwan's former ruler Chiang Kai-shek have also been repeatedly vandalized by young Taiwanese who equate his nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) party with mainland rule.
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