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Taiwan Quick Take: GIO backs arts federation

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Government Information Office (GIO) Minister Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said that the government supports proposals to establish a federation of performing artists unions and organize a summit forum on performing arts in Asia. Cheng made the remarks yesterday after singer and actor Yu Tien (余天) and Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hsueh Ling (薛凌) visited Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) at the Executive Yuan to seek the government's support for the plan. Cheng was present at the meeting. Cheng said the premier agreed with the proposals and expressed the hope that the planned organization will be able to safeguard the working rights of local performing artists and promote the development of the performing art sector. Yu said he began work in May on promoting the formation of the federation, which is scheduled to begin operations at the end of the year. The first mission of the new group will be to organize a regional forum to be attended by leaders of performing arts in Asia, he said.

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