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Local filming for China’s state-run media probed

IS IT LEGAL?Although ‘The Two Sides of the Strait’ is aired on China Central Television, it is recorded in a studio in Taiwan, New Party legislator-at-large candidate Chiu Yi said

By Chung Li-hua  /  Staff reporter

New Party legislator-at-large candidate Chiu Yi speaks during a program aired on China’s state-owned China Central Television on Tuesday last week.

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The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday said that it would launch an administrative investigation into whether it is illegal to produce programs for Chinese state-run media in Taiwan.

The council made the remarks after New Party legislator-at-large candidate Chiu Yi (邱毅) told reporters that his controversial China Central Television (CCTV) talk show was filmed in Taiwan.

The program is the only show on CCTV’s international Chinese-language channel that discusses Taiwanese affairs, and it has good ratings in China and overseas, the Wikipedia page for Chiu’s The Two Sides of the Strait (海峽兩岸) said.

Regulars on the show include Bernard Lai (賴岳謙), who oversees the online edition of the Chinese-language China Times, Shih Hsin University vice president Jack Yu (游梓翔), political commentator Tang Hsiang-lung (唐湘龍) and National Taipei University associate professor Cheng Yu-ping (鄭又平), according to Wikipedia.

Although his show is aired on CCTV, it is recorded in a studio in Taiwan, Chiu said on Thursday, adding that what he discussed on the show was either public information or commentary based on it.

On the show, he analyzed equipment on the navy’s Kao Hsiung LST-542-class tank landing ship and the nation’s deployment of missiles, and more recently critiqued the platform presentations that presidential candidates made on Wednesday, saying that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was outperformed by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, who he said “caught Tsai off-guard.”

He also said that the US has encouraged Taiwanese independence groups by “having increasingly fewer qualms” about meddling in cross-strait issues, such as by reportedly flying two B-52s into the nation’s flight information region and advocating conducting port calls in Taiwan.

Local media organizations cooperating with the Chinese government to produce or air political programs — thereby furthering Beijing’s “united front” work — is an infraction of Article 33-1 of the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例), the council said.

Articles 8 and 22 of the Telecommunications Act (電信法) give authorities the right to deny an online program’s access to frequency bands or ban it if its content is deemed disruptive or adverse to society, the council added.

Although local media organizations are not breaking the law if they lend their studios or equipment to Chinese journalists who are qualified to work in Taiwan, public figures should abide by the act when they are interviewed by Chinese media or engage in exchanges in China, and should not injure the nation’s dignity by making false statements, the council said.

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