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The Chinese performing arts are in the middle of a fascinating process forming new constellations blurring the boundaries between the independent, commercial and official realm. Part of the independent scene is still linked to the official scene that provides them with a minimum of income to survive. Some commercial agencies have good connections with official organisations that are authorized to handle permit applications; this helps them in achieving commercial success. Other commercial agencies have been or are still partly state-owned and also have better access to government agencies. The government will usually refer international artists and groups to these agencies mentioned above for the organisation and production of Chinese tours abroad and foreign tours in China.