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iQiyi's Taiwanese website to be shutdown pending investigation: MAC

2019/03/21 23:16:05

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) warned Thursday that the government would seek to shutdown Chinese online streaming media iQiyi's Taiwanese website pending an investigation into its operations in the country.

The Chinese online streaming media is currently not permitted to carry out any business activities in Taiwan, MAC spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said.

Under Article 40-1 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, unless permitted by the competent authorities and having established a branch or liaison office in Taiwan, no profit-seeking enterprise from mainland China can engage in any business activities in Taiwan, the spokesman said.

The company currently has a web domain in Taiwan, set up through a local agent registered as OTT (Over-the-Top) Entertainment.

iQiyi's application to establish a subsidiary in Taiwan was rejected by the Investment Commission under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in 2016.

Responding to reports of iQiyi's recent advertisement campaigns through local media, Chiu said the government will look into the matter, and if it proves to be true, the company would be in violation of Article 34 of said Act, which stipulates that the content of goods and services provided by the mainland area shall not contain any political propaganda for the Chinese Communist Party, nor violate any current mainland policy, law or regulation in Taiwan.

The government has stepped up its application screening process to prevent China-based streaming media from setting up shop with the sole purpose of promoting Beijing's propaganda in Taiwan, according to the MAC spokesman.

(By Miao Zong-han and Ko Lin)