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Taiwan urges China to separate politics from movies

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A distinction between politics and movies should be made and respected, Government Information Office (GIO) Minister Johnny Chiang said on Sunday.

Premier Wu Den-yih also slammed the Chinese as “arrogant,” saying the Chinese delegation’s leader, Jiang Ping, made a serious mistake by sticking to the antiquated rhetoric that there is only one China.

He made the remark one day after a Taiwanese delegation at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) was unable to walk the green carpet at the event’s glittering opening ceremony due to vehement opposition by the Chinese delegation over the delegation’s use of the name “Taiwan” rather than “Chinese Taipei” — the name Taiwan is forced to use in the Olympics.

The absence of the Taiwanese delegation left many waiting fans in utter disappointment, according to reports from Tokyo.

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