The President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration’s strong response to exhibition posters that omitted the word “national” from the name of the National Palace Museum smacks of double standards and may be an attempt to pander to China, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers said.
Selected artifacts from the National Palace Museum are to be exhibited as part of Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei at the Tokyo Museum from Tuesday to Sept. 15, and at the Kyushu National Museum from Oct. 7 to Nov. 30.
The Taiwanese museum said that posters referring to the “Palace Museum, Taipei” were a violation of the agreement between Taiwan and Japan in which the museum’s full name must be used in all publicity materials.
The posters in question were prepared by a media group that operates major media outlets, including the Asahi Shimbun, TV stations and other newspapers.
However, official posters and brochures prepared by the Tokyo National Museum itself refer to the museum by its full name of “National Palace Museum.”
DPP lawmakers said that in 2009 when then-museum director Chou Kung-shin (周功鑫) visited China, the Mainland Affairs Council and the Executive Yuan had said the official name for the museum at all times was the “National Palace Museum” to ensure Taiwanese rights, the legislators said.
However, the museum’s own report filed after Chou returned from China backed down from this stance, the legislators said.
The 12th page of the report listed “setting aside political disputes and increasing cultural interaction” as a desired result and said that both sides had decided to temporarily set aside the dispute regarding the museum’s title as well as relevant laws forbidding seizure of cultural artifacts, the lawmakers said.
DPP legislators also said that museum director Feng Ming-chu (馮明珠) had not protested when she saw the same omission while attending an academic seminar in China in November last year.
According to DPP Legislator Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), the Japanese government has run the risk of offending China, with whom Japan has held official diplomatic ties since 1972, by passing the Open Promotion of Overseas Artworks Act in the Japanese Diet.
The act granted Taiwan full jurisdictional authority over the loaned works for the exhibition, Lin said.
Jumping straight to threats to cancel the exhibition, without first contacting the Japanese government, has the potential to severely cripple Taiwan-Japan relations and benefit China, Lin said.
China does not want the museum relics and works exhibited in Japan, Lin said, adding that the response and its timing — one week before China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) is to arrive in Taiwan — smacked of pandering to China.
“We did not see Ma speak up when the museum’s director failed to complain about the omission of the word during her visit to China,” Lin said.
DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) added: “While Ma’s tough stance was welcomed by Taiwanese, his departure from past practice smacks of double standards.”
“Is it truly defending Taiwan’s sovereignty when we bow and scrape to China’s whims, while taking a tough stance against Japan?” the legislator said.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) yesterday said the KMT supported the Ma administration’s tough stance against Japan.
Chen criticized the DPP for “bending its own position” on Taiwanese sovereignty when it came to Japan, adding that the DPP has no right to be pointing fingers.
Additional reporting by Shih Hsiao-kuang
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
NEW RECRUITS: Nearly 9 million students are to graduate from university next month, and Beijing plans to use incentives to convince them to join the military, an analyst said Rising unemployment in China due to the COVID-19 pandemic could benefit the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by allowing it to attract new, better educated recruits, a Taiwanese security researcher said on Friday. Chen Ying-hsuan (陳穎萱), a policy analyst at the Division of Chinese Politics and Military Affairs at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, a government-funded think tank, made the remarks in an article published in the Defense Security Biweekly magazine. About 8.74 million university students are expected to graduate in China next month, while Chinese companies’ demand for fresh graduates fell 16.77 percent annually in the