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President protests changing of Taiwan's name at Venice Film Festival

President protests changing of Taiwan's name at Venice Film Festival

President Chen Shui-bian voiced his protest Thursday against a recent change to the country's designation by the organizers of the 2007 Venice Film Festival under pressure from China, noting that even cultural events are not spared from Beijing's relentless political interference.
Chen addressed the issue in the latest edition of his online newsletter, referring to the use of "Taiwan, China" instead of "Taiwan" as the producing country of four films in the festival.
As similar incidents took place before at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival, Chen said the Government Information Office has lodged a protest with the organizers in this latest case in the hope that a correction will be made as soon as possible.
Because China is using all means possible to isolate Taiwan and prevent it from guarding its sovereignty, the government has to work very hard to strengthen its relations with the international community, Chen said.
The president pointed out two recent examples of Taiwan shining in the international arena despite China's "brutal and uncivilized" treatment.
The first example was the excellent performances by the Taipei First Girls' High School marching band at the just-concluded Edinburgh International Festival held in the United Kingdom, with the band members wearing uniforms on which the national flag was displayed, Chen said.
According to the president, the performances gave international audiences the chance to see the beautiful Taiwan and allowed the name Taiwan to spread around the world through coverage of the event by local and international media.
The second example was Taiwan team's display of national pride at the 2007 Microsoft Imagine Cup.
Although the team was prohibited from carrying the country’s flag to receive their medals, members managed to wear slippers with colors of the flag and with the letters“TW”stitched on them to show the world they are from Taiwan.
The team finished second in the short film category of the competition.
Chen said these examples showed Taiwan citizens can help the island stand out on the world stage by using their creativity.


Updated : 2021-07-26 07:28 GMT+08:00