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Taiwan festival to show film of exiled Uighur leader



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TAIPEI — A Taiwan film festival is set to screen a documentary on the exiled leader of the Uighur minority next month, organizers said on Saturday, in a move seen as bound to anger China.

The Kaohsiung Film Festival in the island's second largest city is scheduled to show "Ten Conditions of Love" on the World Uighur Congress leader Rebiya Kadeer, said organizer Liu Hsiu-ying.

"We selected Kadeer's film because it fits one of this year's themes -- 'people power.' Our goal is to promote arts and culture, we hope people will not see it from a political angle," Liu told AFP.

More than 70 films from around the world are scheduled to be screened at the festival between October 16-29, she said, adding it was a coincidence that none of them was from China.

Beijing has labeled the US-based Muslim minority leader a "criminal" and accused her of inciting recent ethnic violence in the restive Xinjiang region in which authorities say nearly 200 people died.

Last month, China strongly protested Kadeer's visit to Australia for the screening of her biopic at the Melbourne International Film Festival, while Chinese directors boycotted the festival.

Observers said screening the Kadeer film is likely to further irritate Beijing, which was already seething over the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan earlier this week.

The Tibetan spiritual leader was invited by officials from the island's pro-independence opposition Democratic Progressive Party, including Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu, to comfort victims of Typhoon Morakot.

He had said repeatedly that his visit was "non-political," but China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory, voiced anger and cancelled several delegations to the island.

The visit came at an awkward time for Taiwan's Beijing-friendly government as it seeks to improve ties and benefit from the explosive growth of the mainland's huge economy.
 
 
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