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Sovereignty spat spills to film festival

HOW ‘RUDE’:Politicians across party lines condemned a Chinese delegation’s move to boycott the Tokyo Film Festival if the Taiwanese delegation didn’t add ‘China’ to its name

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  Staff Reporter, with CNA

“China’s ambitions towards our sovereignty have clearly always existed,” she said. “The [current] administration should not be too naive ... about this incident.”

Approached for comment, Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said he supported the Taiwanese delegation and called Jiang’s move “rude.”

“Obviously, the leader of the Chinese delegation, Jiang, made a serious mistake. We have participated in film festivals, including the Tokyo [Film Festival] under the name of Taiwan for years,” Wu said.

Wu said Chen “did the right thing” by rebutting the Chinese delegate’s rude request that the Taiwanese delegate should change its title to “Taiwan, China.”

Wu said he hoped Beijing recognized the existence and sovereignty of the Republic of China and urged China to understand that both sides of the Taiwan Strait are now pursing peaceful development.

Wu said he believed China’s Taiwan Affairs Office would deal with the delegate’s “irrational” request.

Cabinet Spokesman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) also urged China not to infringe upon Taiwan’s rights to take part in the film festival.

Meanwhile at the legislature, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Justin Chou (周守訓), who is on the Foreign and National Defense Committee, said he regretted ­China’s attempt to politicize the art event.

Established in 1985, the Tokyo International Film Festival is one of Asia’s most influential. About 200 films, including six from Taiwan, are vying this year for the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, which is awarded to the best film. Taiwan will field its strongest showing in years, screening box office hits Monga, Juliets, The Fourth Painting, Let the Wind Carry Me, Zoom Hunting and Taipei Exchanges.

Additional reporting by Flora Wang

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