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Copyright key issue in cross-strait cultural exchanges: expert

Copyright key issue in cross-strait cultural exchanges: expert

Washington, Aug. 27 (CNA) Taiwan and China will have to address many matters, including the key issues of copyright protection and censorship, if they are to engage in cultural exchanges, said Richard Bush, former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), on Monday The two sides will have a lot work to do if they want to conduct cultural exchanges since they are very different societies and such exchanges will be sensitive, Bush told CNA after a closed-door meeting at Brookings Institution. However, the leaders on both sides can avoid the conundrum by using their wisdom and working together to sort out their differences, said Bush, director of the Brookings' Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies. He stressed that he was expressing a personal opinion. The meeting was attended by Taiwan's Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai and experts on China-Taiwan relations, including former U.S. State Department vice spokesman Alan Romberg and Douglas H. Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former AIT director. Lung, who is in the United States on a two-week visit to promote cultural exchanges, has expressed the hope that Taiwan and China can discuss how to remove barriers to bilateral cultural exchanges after the annual National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference next spring. During her stop in New York last week, Lung detailed the obstacles, saying they tend to arise from differences in the recognition of Taiwan's status. For example, cultural documents from Taiwan have been blocked from entering China because the words "Republic of China," Taiwan's official name, were on the shipping address, she said. Moreover, the world "national" in front of the names of many cultural institutes in Taiwan has become an obstacle to cross-strait exchanges since China does not recognize Taiwan as a nation, the minister said. The National People's Congress next March will select new members of the Chinese government including its president, premier and other members of the State Council. (By Lin Shu-yuan and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-05-15 13:02 GMT+08:00