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Taiwan threatens to cancel crown jewels exhibit in Japan over publicity mistake
PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 June, 2014, 8:32pm UPDATED : Friday, 20 June, 2014, 11:10pm
Lawrence Chung in Taipei
The National Palace Museum in Taipei. Photo: EPA
A furious Taiwan yesterday threatened to cancel a long-
planned exhibition of the island’s treasures in Japan after Tokyo organisers dropped the word “national” from the National Palace Museum’s name in publicity materials.
Taipei interpreted the move as a
refusal to recognise Taiwan’s claimed sovereignty and an adherence to Beijing’s “one China” policy, which declares Taiwan as Chinese territory, subject to
“President Ma Ying
jeou has been greatly concerned over the case … and demand
ed that if the
Japanese side fails to react positively, all such exhibition activities in Japan must be scrapped,”
Ma said in a statement. First lady Christine Chow Mei-ching would also call off her plan to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the statement said. Chow was originally scheduled to lead a delegation to Japan on Sunday for the opening ceremony of the exhibition next Monday. The show will have 231 valuable art objects on display from June to November at the Tokyo National Museum and the Kyushu National Museum.
It would mark the first time Taiwan’s National Palace Museum has ever loaned its valuable
collection, including its so-
called “crown jewels”, the Jadeite Cabbage with Insects and the Meat
-Shaped Stone, for exhibitions elsewhere in Asia.