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CHINA’S 31 INCENTIVES: Ministry to set up fund to boost global presence of public broadcasting firms

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The review could, through imposing a set of unspoken rules, force Taiwanese productions into catering to a Chinese audience, thereby “domesticizing” them, Cheng said.

To illustrate China’s stifling of freedom of expression, Cheng cited instances of Taiwanese artists being boycotted by Beijing on the grounds that they have failed its compliance test: The forced apology of Taiwanese K-pop idol Chou Tzu-yu (周子瑜); the boycotting of actor Leon Dai (戴立忍) and singer Crowd Lu (盧廣仲) over their participation in the 2014 Sunflower movement; and the pulling of Ruby Lin’s (林心如) television series My Dear Boy in January because it was subsidized by the Ministry of Culture.

Cheng urged China to ease its review system for creative content, saying that only then can there be real cross-strait cultural exchanges.

While society largely dreads the potentially negative effects that the incentives might have on the local cultural and creative industry, Cheng said that China might be taking pre-emptive measures out of concern for a distinct “Taiwanese style” that is forming in local productions.

“The best way to prevent risks is to bolster one’s strengths and let people realize that opportunities await them here in Taiwan,” Cheng said.

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