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TAIPEI PULLS FILMS OUT OF SHANGHAI FILM FESTIVAL

June 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In an odd decision, the Taipei Film Commission has pulled out of the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival after this week’s TV festival in Shanghai listed entries from Taiwan as originating from “Taiwan, China.” The Associated Press quoted Anne Lu, a publicist for the Taipei group as complaining that the mainland Chinese government was attempting to use the festival to assert its sovereignty over the island. After the Communist victory on the mainland in 1949, the Chinese Nationalists withdrew to Taiwan but continued to call the territory the Republic of China (while the Communists referred to the mainland as the People’s Republic of China). In any case, both entities call themselves China, making the Taipei Film Commission’s action seem anomalous.