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TSU to protest against Chinese music concert

TSU to protest against Chinese music concert

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Minor opposition party Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said Saturday that it will stage a protest against a controversial Chinese music event to be held later in the day. TSU Secretary General Lin Chih-chia said the party will send vehicles installed with horns to encircle the Taipei Arena, where the Chinese Music Chart, dubbed China's Grammy Awards, will hold a concert with 62 teams of singers from across the Taiwan Strait taking part. TSU officials would also be there to underscore their cause, Lin said. He said that the party will call for "no denigration of Taiwan's sovereignty and not to become part of China.' China's taking its music chart to Taiwan underscores its gambit of attempting to achieve political unification under the disguise of culture, Lin said. "The TSU is protesting against the mindset of the organizers," he said, adding that the Chinese singers and the audience members are not the targets of their protest. The party will exercise self-restraint in protests, Lin said, noting that "its stance will be firm, but its action will be gentle." Organizers had hoped to hold the Chinese Music Chart award ceremony in Taiwan for the first time this year, but it was changed to a concert at the request of Taiwanese authorities, who feared the show would violate principles of safeguarding the country's sovereignty. When the organizers announced in Beijing on Nov. 30 that the 2012 award presentation ceremony would be held in Taipei to mark the chart's 20th anniversary, it drew the ire of Taiwan's opposition parties. They said that if the event were to take place in Taipei, it would belittle Taiwan's sovereign status because the 16 award categories are divided into two groups -- China and Hong Kong/Taiwan. After rounds of deliberation, the government decided to allow the event to be held in Taipei under several conditions, including requiring the introduction of geographic areas included in the production to be based on the legal terms used by Taiwan -- the Taiwan Area, the Mainland Area, Hong Kong and Macau. (By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-07-30 20:47 GMT+08:00