TAIWAN has given permission for a national television station to screen the controversial BBC documentary on Mao Zedong tomorrow, a day after China celebrates his centenary. Chairman Mao: The Last Emperor, shown on the BBC last week, was fiercely criticised by China with Beijing warning countries screening the documentary that it would affect bilateral relations. Following the warning the state-controlled Singapore Broadcasting Corporation cancelled its plans to show the documentary, announcing the withdrawal of the programme on Friday. The corporation said it withdrew the programme due to the diplomatic exchanges between China and Britain. China last week accused the BBC of having political motives for the programme, which quoted Mao's doctor as saying the chairman had a weakness for sex with teenage girls. Foreign Ministry spokesman Wu Jianmin denounced the film as despicable, saying it viciously slandered Mao. The 58-minute documentary, under a new title Mao Zedong after 1949, will be shown in Taiwan without any cuts, making Taiwan the first Chinese region to broadcast the programme. Sources said the Government Information Office's Central News Agency (CNA) and Taiwan TV were being pressured to cut the documentary. CNA director Lo Chuan-hsien denied this and said as long as a programme's content did not ''violate national dignity and contradict the country's basic policy'', the Taiwanese Government would not take action or object to its screening. But to avoid offending the Taiwanese public or Beijing, the CNA invited three historians to make the decision. The three, including one studying the life of Mao, advised the agency not to cut the programme after watching it on Thursday. Their reason was the first half of the programme used the format of a debate to glorify Mao's life but said the second part would lead people to rethink his glorification. They also suggested no advertisements be shown during the programme to preserve ''its completeness''. But advertising time for the documentary is already fully booked. China said yesterday it found a satellite that went missing in space in October but gave no clues to the fate of a diamond-encrusted Chairman Mao badge it was carrying. Beijing allowed Chinese entrepreneurs to put on board the badge set with 44 diamonds to mark Mao's December 26 birthday, expecting it to attract high bids at an auction on its return. The Chinese Academy of Sciences told Xinhua (the New China News Agency) the satellite's recoverable research module remained in orbit and would not return to earth for 15 months. The report indicated the satellite broke up after launch on October 8, with its instrument cabin falling back to earth. This matches reports from Western observatories that a Chinese satellite had splashed down at sea.