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Artists upset by Beijing gallery plan

SEEING RED?Concerns have been raised that an influx of Chinese-owned galleries and Chinese investors could shift the Taiwanese art market away from Taiwanese artists

By Liu Yan-fu and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The service trade agreement, which was signed in June last year, has been stalled in the legislature because of objections from opposition lawmakers, who are concerned that it will harm the nation’s interests.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has repeatedly urged lawmakers to begin reviewing the agreement as soon as the last hearing on it is held next month.

He said that any delay in ratifying the pact will create doubt in the international community about Taiwan’s willingness to abide by or take part in international trade accords or blocs.

Additional reporting by CNA

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