Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sorry! Massively busy!

I know I owe a bunch of people emails and comment replies. I'll be along tonight or tomorrow. Just massively busy yesterday and today! Very sorry!

Michael

7 comments:

STOP_George said...

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This may be a biggie.

The Liberty Times is reporting that there may be moves to add an ammendment to China's status-quo changing Anti-secession Law.

...the new clauses will list penalties for Taiwanese nationals who advocate Taiwanese independence or engage in separatist activities, the report said.

The implications of this, if it ever comes to pass, will be deep and widespread. Which makes one wonder -- why would the PRC do such a thing? How would pandaMa and the KMT be able to justify holding talks to their fellow Taiwanese citizens when China has legalized a witch-hunt? If such an ammendment materializes -- pandaMa would lose whatever leverage he has. It doesn't make any sense. However, it wouldn't be the first time China made a politically stupid move.
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shavenpope said...

They said a year ago that Taiwanese who toed the one-China line would get preferential treatment from government departments and those that didn't would actually have the law of the land imposed upon them. This is simply the formalization of that policy. This is how the CCP will control the Taiwanese on their own soil. Until now you could just smile and keep your mouth shut while in China and say or do what you wanted while in Taiwan. Now they do what they can to monitor investors while they're on leave here and punish their 'transgressions' when they go back.
Can't wait to see how Ma will try to spin this one.

STOP_George said...

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May I also suggest renting "Goodnight and Goodluck" -- to all you Taiwanese who feel that you would never become a victim if such a law were passed.

There is one significant difference, however -- China does not have a free press or anyone like Edward R. Murrow.
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Frank said...

The Chinese paper says it's something like a bylaw, not an amendment. I think it's the logical next step after the antisecession law. How it will affect Ma is hardly Beijing's top concern. When need be, he'll be fair game just like Abian.

OTOH, it's just a whisper leaked by Taiwan's spook in chief so who knows.

STOP_George said...

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How it will affect Ma is hardly Beijing's top concern.

How can you possibly say that? Even if you don't believe that pandaMa is China's PR bitch, the road of least resistance is always the favorable choice. In case you've missed it, pandaMa is the Chinese media's poster-boy for cross-straights "peace". China has great interest in seeing a pro-China unificationist in power.
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Frank said...

Sorry, I didn't put it clearly. If the report about the bylaw is true, then I think it's something meant for later, after Ma gets elected. Either Taiwan's spies are really good or Chiou Yiren is releasing rumors to discredit him.

STOP_George said...

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I take a "bylaw" as being municipal -- that's my western interpretation, anyway.

Well -- whether it's true or not -- it should make Taiwanese think twice about this implicit "trust" they have with doing business in China.

And if it IS true...well, let's just say that a witch-hunt often-times does not discriminate between the "guilty" and the "innocent".
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