MEDIA: Ma Interview in WaPo. It's the usual tiresome Ma doubletalk, but at least the WaPo interviewer appears to actually know quite a bit about Taiwan, and the questions hit on all the important topics, even referring to the detentions. No need to read it unless you're on blood pressure medication. There is a summary article on it at WaPo as well. The Min. of Economic Affairs announces it has a plan to rescue the DRAM industry. Meanwhile Moody's lowers its outlook for Taiwan banks to 'negative'. Their econ forecast says: "The third quarter saw a contraction in real private consumption of 2% year on year. Since GDP records began in 1961 this has occurred only once before, during the 2003 SARS epidemic." KMT Chairman Wu Po-hsiung has called for a "peaceful resolution" to the Senkaku Island controversy, leading to much speculation on why? and why now? Taiwan groups plan to invite the Dalai Lama. John Tkacik on missile defense. Taiwan's coral reefs in serious trouble. Once again, Taiwan scores well on international tests. Taiwanese delegation to Oz to buy wheat. If the world's credit and farming systems don't recover, grain will be precious in the next couple of years. Japanese and Chinese ships butt heads in the Senkakus (Diaoyutais).
Strawberries: J Michael asks Did Ma Lie? Attack of the African Snails Thoth on the coming Depression and WWIII -- with trip photos! New Taiwan blog aggregator, Taiwan Eggs. They haven't contacted me, so I don't know who or what they are. David on the Tibet Freedom Concert. Photos from a WSJ article on BenQ's investment in a hospital in China. Stop Hushan Dam! with a couple of photos of the white-lipped tree frog. Laowiseass talks about greasy food and small houses in Taipei. Missology in Taiwan asks whether missionaries are still needed, with some statistics. Bushman to Sanshientai The Foreigner absolutely rips the China Post for a shameful attack on the Presbyterian Church for its support of the democracy movement in Taiwan A-gu on the cross strait investment and shipping agreements.
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