In particular, the report states that allegations of lip-synching against Mayday that led Chinese authorities to investigate the band were because the band refused Chinese pressure. The band was requested to provide an unspecified service that authorities hoped would sway the views of young people in Taiwan.
It may not be surprising that the Reuters report was leveraged on by the DPP in campaigning, with the DPP emphasizing the dangers to Taiwan’s freedom of expression and other political freedoms from China. At the same time, the pan-Blue camp has taken a more conflicted stance.
At a time of strengthening ties between Taiwan and the international world, in which there is increased international reporting on Taiwan, it has sometimes been the case that the pan-Blue camp has lashed out at international media coverage it finds disfavorable. Because one of the reasons Taiwanese voters are cautious of the pan-Blue camp is because they view it as too pro-China, Hou and Ko likely would have been able to come off as less pro-China if they had joined in on the criticisms of China. Yet as Jaw is a deep Blue hardliner, his priorities were probably elsewhere.
It is thought that outrage about Chou being made to apologize contributed to voters mobilizing for Tsai Ing-wen. Jaw may have hoped to prevent a similar incident regarding Mayday, though certainly Mayday probably does not command the same level of popularity among young people at present by comparison.