Way to pour salt on festering wounds, Venice film festival.
The Venice International Film Festival, which opens today, changed the designation of the origin of a Taiwanese movie, "Seediq Bale," from “China, Taiwan” to “Chinese Taipei,” in line with the Olympic model.
Not cool, according to Taiwan, which is still technically in a state of hostilities with China — assuming the two are willing to even acknowledge one another's existence.
GlobalPost in Taipei: What cross-strait thaw between China and Taiwan?
The Taipei Times:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman James Chang (章計平) said the designation change, which came after Taipei protested to the festival’s organizers, was unsatisfactory.
“We are not satisfied with the change and want it [the film] to be labeled under either the official name of the country — ‘Republic of China’ — or ‘Taiwan,’” he said.