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Top Gun’s Maverick Risks China’s Anger With Taiwan Flag on Jacket

  • Tom Cruise’s character wears jacket featuring Taiwan flag
  • Chinese tech giant Tencent withdrew to avoid angering Beijing
Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick.” 
Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick.” Source: Paramount Pictures
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Tom Cruise isn’t simply taking on what appears to be Russian-made fighter jets in his update to 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.