Made in China: Taiwan’s ghost world
When Taiwan entered a film in the Tokyo Film Festival last month, there was no sense of an impending diplomatic incident.
Festival organisers were surprised when the Chinese Film Bureau demanded the Taiwanese delegation’s name be changed to Chinese Taipei or China’s Taiwan.
The Taiwanese refused, the Chinese delegation withdrew from the event, and everyone got a reminder that for China, no forum is too small to pursue the issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty.
”It was an interesting story for the Taiwanese people because our officers have the guts to refuse the Chinese government,” Michael Yu, a journalist with Taiwan’s public broadcasting service said. ”It’s a small story, but it inspired the Taiwanese people because [President] Ma [Ying-jeou] didn’t say no [to standing up to China]. It assists our dignity.”