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‘Top Gun’ fires a Cruise missile at Chinese leaders’ most ...

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‘Top Gun’ fires a Cruise missile at Chinese leaders’ most sensitive spot

Tom Cruise’s character wears jacket featuring Taiwan flag, which is sure to anger China

Bloomberg News

Tom Cruise isn’t simply shooting down Russian fighter jets in his reboot of 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 consider the island to be part of China. 

The flag was either missing or couldn’t be seen properly in a trailer for the film in 2019, prompting some people to wonder whether it had been removed to satisfy demands from China’s censors. But when the full movie recently hit cinemas, keen observers noted that the flags had made a comeback. Similarly, the Japanese flag was reinstated. ..

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