MEDIA: DPA reports that Ma wants the Olympics to promote "peace" between Taiwan and China. I must have missed the war we were having. Nice formulation, though of the FORMULA: China considers Taiwan its breakaway province, but Taiwan, seat of the exiled Republic of China since 1949, regards itself as a sovereign state currently recognized by 23 countries. Better than a lot of the crap that's out there. Pajama's media carries Gordon C. Chang's piece Defending Taiwan is Defending America. Costa Rican police raid housing minister over allegations he diverted Taiwanese funds intended for housing for the poor, after Costa Rica switched to the PRC. Taiwan's airlines cut flights. Hsinchu mayor to review roads to facilitate biking. We're No 1: Taichung, despite improvements, still leads in crime. No doubt because in Taichung, you can get fined for burning a piano, but the illegal trash burning around here goes on serenely unmolested by the police. Sex ring smashed, 13 prostitutes arrested: welcome to Taiwan, girls, where it is illegal to be a prostitute, but OK to hire one. Reuters correspondents do 48 hours in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Yes, the rumors are true, there really are other cities in Taiwan besides Taipei. Taiwan LCD maker cutbacks hit Corning's LCD blank production here. Desperate cat hitchhikes in container from Taiwan to the UK, demands asylum because its master wants to have it spayed.
J-hole at Ni Howdy blogs on strange things found in the China Post. Sponge bear goes for a hike and finds lush pics and a great piece on Japanese nationalism. Cross Strait Economics on Taiwan's plan to move 12 inch fabs to China. I'd like to move my 12 inch abs to China too.... A-gu notes that the DPP finds it absurd that the KMT is attending the Beijing Olympics while its allies' leaders are not allowed to. The excellent My Several Worlds muses on typhoon day, while the Taiwan Chronicles lists what she did. Save the Humpback Dolphin has a piece on river dust. Apparently is an important component of local haze. Fast Eastern Sweet Potato blogs on Muslim terrorism in China. Taiwan Photographers features Todd Alperovitz. Peace Festival video on the Real Taiwan. Chinese Whispers interview by Steven Crook. Teaescapade on distinguishing authentic Yixing Teapots from Taiwan. PETA calls on Sanchung city officials to take better care of their strays. Hey PETA -- send money, not emails. The vivacious Michelle blogs on the opening of a famous old tunnel to bikers and hikers. Next time someone tells you Taiwan is getting worse, ask them how much stuff there was like this under the KMT. Brian Dunn on why defending Taiwan is important.