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Ma vows support for local publishers at book expo

TAIPEI--President Ma Ying-jeou vowed on yesterday at the opening of the Taipei International Book Exhibition to support Taiwan's publishing sector and give local publishers more opportunity to thrive.

Taiwan may be small, but it is the world's Chinese-language publishing hub, putting out around 40,000-50,000 titles each year, Ma said. China, with a population 57 times that of Taiwan, only publishes three to four times as many titles.

Ma said he was visiting the book fair to see what new titles have been published and to encourage local publishers.

“The government will strongly support the development of the publishing industry,” he said.

Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said she hoped 1 million people will attend the book fair this year and encouraged parents and teachers to bring children to the show, one of the largest in Asia.

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