Tie Ning is the chairwoman of the Chinese Writers’ Association represents a total of 8,920 state-supported authors. She said when interviewed in Germany: "Censorship? What censorship? Artists enjoy great liberties in China. We are enthusiastically looking forward to the open exchange of opinions that will take place in Frankfurt."
All the important meetings, which may have macro results, are micro with only perhaps half a dozen people at most involved in each meeting. That is where the action happens. The big lectures and meetings are window dressing, not the reality.
It organizes the guest country program and has launched a number of initiatives, including donating half a million euros (roughly $739,000) in subsidies for the translation of Chinese novels into German.
All of which may well be true. It is also all totally irrelevant to the Frankfurt Book Fair. There books are assessed on their potential and, perhaps, literary merit. All else, including allegations of censorship, is nonsense. The full article in Der Speigel seems to agree with this view.
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