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by Indiewire
March 7, 2006 11:32 AM
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AP: Chinese Newspaper Praises Director Ang Lee

China heaped praise Tuesday on Taiwanese director Ang Lee for winning this year's best director Oscar with his gay romance "Brokeback Mountain." "Ang Lee is the pride of Chinese people all over the world, and he is the glory of Chinese cinematic talent," the official China Daily newspaper said in a front-page news article. Lee hails from self-governed, democratic Taiwan, which the communist government in Beijing considers Chinese territory and has repeatedly threatened to attack if the island declares formal independence. AP reports.

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