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China ankles Tokyo film fest amid name row

Sino films withdrawn because Taiwan delegation sticks to moniker

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China ankled the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival on Monday in a spat over the name of the delegation from self-ruled Taiwan, which the mainland views as a renegade province.

The dispute that began hours before the opening ceremony Saturday, escalated Monday after Taiwan’s delegation leader Chen Chih-kuan refused a name change, saying it had billed itself as Taiwan at other film events.

Jiang Ping, head of the Chinese delegation and deputy director-general of the Film Bureau of the State Administration of Radio, Film and TV, said the Chinese delegation would not participate in fest-related events.

Also, nine Chinese pics programmed for a special section will be withdrawn, as will one of the two pics in competition, “The Piano in a Factory.” The other, “Buddha Mountain,” will unspool today as skedded.

“We protested against the organizers introducing the two delegations as ‘China and Taiwan.’ And our request to introduce Taiwan as ‘Chinese Taipei or China’s Taiwan’ was rejected by the organizers,” Jiang told local media.

“It is regretful that the Chinese delegation has decided to pull out of festival-related events because the organizers covertly violated the One-China Policy,” he said.

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