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Chen protests name-change for Taiwan at Venice festival

Chen protests name-change for Taiwan at Venice festival

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) voiced his protest yesterday against a recent change to the country's designation by the organizers of the 2007 Venice Film Festival under pressure from China, saying that not even cultural events are 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" to replace "Taiwan" as the producing country of four films participating in the festival.
Pointing out that similar situations occurred in the past 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.
As China is using every possible means to isolate Taiwan and prevent it from upholding its sovereignty, the government has been working very hard to strenghten its relations with the international community, Chen said.
Besides these efforts, the president also pointed to 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 mentioned by the president was the Taiwan team's display of national pride at the 2007 Microsoft Imagine Cup. Although the members of the team, which finished second in the short film category of the competition, were prohibited from carrying the country's flag while receiving their medals, they all wore slippers with the colors of the flag and with the letters "TW" stitched on them to let the world know they are from Taiwan.
He said these examples prove that the country's citizens can help Taiwan stand out by using their creativity.


Updated : 2021-04-14 01:49 GMT+08:00