Why the Taipei Performing Arts Center is Taiwan’s new weapon against China

Ihe timing could not have been more visible for Taiwan to unveil its latest and most ambitious cultural project. Just days after Nancy Pelosi’s historic trip to the disputed island – the most high-profile visit by an American politician to Taiwan in 25 years – the Taipei Performing Arts Center opened its doors amid an upbeat mood, defiance of the exercises Chinese military reprisals that were taking place at that time. time in the Taiwan Strait.

The £185million complex, commissioned (and paid for) by the Taipei City Government and designed by Dutch architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, is an eye-catching architectural showpiece that trumpets Taiwan’s desire to be considered as a serious player on the world stage. Anxious to affirm the democratic independence of the island vis-à-vis a

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