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China has pulled out of the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival due to a sovereignty issue over Taiwan and announced it will boycott other festival-related events.

The Taiwanese delegation, headed by Chen Chih-kuan, director of the Government Information Office’s Department of Motion Pictures Affairs, told reporters that art should be separate from politics.

Liu Jiangyong, vice director of the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times that “China has the right to protest against any suggestion of ‘one China, one Taiwan.'”

Japan must know that Taiwan is of core interest to Beijing and that China will never compromise, while Tokyo must not complicate the case, especially when relations between China and Japan are soured, he added.

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via GlobalTimes

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