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GIO minister dismisses China's offer of equality

DRAMA If major talent such as writers and actors accounts for one-third of the total number of workers on a project, it will be considered Taiwanese

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Government Information Office (GIO) Minister Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) dismissed as a "political declaration" yesterday an offer by China to give equal treatment to TV dramas in which Chinese and Taiwanese production companies cooperate.

Shieh was responding to remarks by Tian Jin (田進), deputy director of China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, in a cross-Taiwan Strait cultural forum.

CHINESE-PRODUCED

Tian said that starting in January, TV dramas filmed by Chinese and Taiwanese companies would be viewed as Chinese-produced TV dramas after approval by the Chinese authorities.

Such TV dramas would enjoy the same treatment in airing, showing, and exhibition and their airing would be quicker, as the procedures for approving TV dramas would be streamlined.

Shieh said that although some might suspect this was part of China's "united front" strategy on Taiwan, he refused to speculate on the issue.

"So long as China does not denigrate Taiwan and so long as the move will benefit Taiwanese performers in the film and TV industry, we will welcome it," he said.

MOTIVES

But he also said that "as China has political motives behind many of its moves, the GIO has to view the matter cautiously."

GIO regulations stipulated that the designation of the origin of a joint venture TV drama is based on the nationality of the largest fund contributor to the project.

But if major local actors or actresses, screenwriters or producers account for one-third of the total number of workers on a film, TV or broadcasting project, it will be considered Taiwanese works, he added.

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