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HONGKONG An intriguing internal power struggle is unfolding at the China Film Import and Export Corp. -- and so far Hollywood is reaping the benefits.
China Film Group (as it's known) has been widely criticized by China's powerful State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), as well as local exhibs and Westerns distribs, for failing to extract the full B.O. potential of the U.S. films it's been releasing.
There's no one else to blame, as China Film is the nation's sole licensed film importer-exporter. But now some Western execs believe that monopoly is under threat as China moves to free up its markets to gain entry to the World Trade Organization. …