“That is why the Chinese organizers could issue the announcement [of the event’s venue] before getting a green light from the Taiwanese government,” Hsiao said, adding that such national self-abasement could be repeated in the future if China gets its way this time.
According to Chu Wen-ching (朱文清), director of the ministry’s Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, the Chinese event may not require the ministry’s approval if it is held as an ordinary concert by the private sector. The organizers are then only required to apply for entry permits for visiting Chinese celebrities as stipulated by immigration laws.
When asked how the ministry would react if China’s largest film awards event, the Golden Rooster Awards, was also moved to Taiwan, Chu said he could not answer hypothetical questions, as doing so would only give rise to unnecessary political speculation.
Additional reporting by Wang Yu-hu