Planned cross-strait cultural forum might be in jeopardy
CNATAIPEI -- Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai said yesterday that her ministry was having trouble organizing a cross-strait cultural forum that was planned for this month.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Film, television, radio and publishing issues that Taiwan hoped to discuss at the forum are not the responsibilities of China's Ministry of Culture, complicating negotiations, Lung said at a legislative hearing when asked by opposition lawmakers if such a forum would still take place.
Film, TV and radio affairs are administered by China's State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, an agency under the State Council of the People's Republic of China.
The two sides have talked about jointly organizing a cultural forum, but no conclusion had been reached so far, Lung said.
The ministry had previously said it planned to hold such a conference with China in September and use it as a platform for Taiwan and China to discuss cultural policies and possible cooperation in an increasingly globalized and changing world.
Lung said her ministry wanted the discussions with China at the planned forum to be substantive and cover such tangible issues as the enforcement of intellectual property rights, but she acknowledged it would take time to work through the details and get results.