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Taiwan tensions

Taiwan cultural rise on world stage threatened by China: minister

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TAIPEI -- Taiwan's rapid cultural rise on the world stage is under threat from China's authoritarian influence as it sparks a "chilling effect" across creative sectors, says the minister driving its soft power policies.

While Taiwan has long been seen abroad as a semiconductor hub or geopolitical flashpoint, its entertainment sector and progressive values are now defining an "unprecedented" visibility around the world, said Shih Che, the island democracy's culture minister.

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