Beijing yesterday sought to soothe anxious Taiwanese entertainers by saying it did not have a blacklist of pro-independence artists. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) was quoted as saying it was not targeting performers. The statement, carried by the China News Service, came after Taiwanese pop princess Chang Hui-mei - known by her fans as A-Mei - was forced to cancel a performance last Saturday in Hangzhou after several hundred students chanted slogans outside her hotel, accusing her of favouring independence for Taiwan. The singer's performance of the Taiwanese anthem at President Chen Shui-bian's 2000 inauguration led to a mainland boycott of her which lasted more than a year. Before the statement from Sarft, a Taiwan Government Information Office spokesman had said that Taipei might retaliate if there were any boycotts of Taiwanese artists on the mainland. Taiwanese entertainers have been wooing the mainland market, which is far larger and lucrative than the island's. The China News Service reported Taiwanese singer Tsai Chin earned more than 1 million yuan for her Beijing concert in December. Another highly popular Taiwanese singer, Jay Chou Jie-lun, was estimated to have earned more than NT$100 million (HK$23.4 million) last year, with most of the sales coming from the mainland, the agency reported. Separately, Wang Zaixi , deputy director of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, urged more Taiwanese media representatives to come to the mainland. He appealed to them to understand the mainland's policies towards Taiwan.