SPECIAL EVENT: Protests in Taipei and Kaohsiung, May 17. Get your butts out there! Consult maddog's excellent and informative collection of information for further details.
MEDIA: Taipei officials call for enforcement of online game ratings. Asia Times with a great, numbers-driven piece on the alleged growth in China this year. An exception to the dutiful annoucements of China's great growth so common in the mainstream media and in academic pieces. Another Pentagon official goes down in Bergersen/Kuo spy case. The government has blocked Chinese investment in Far EasTone for now. Thankfully. Guam sends delegation to Taiwan to foster ties. Chinese aid to Sri Lanka is behind rise in government killings of civilians this year? Taitung KMT primary eliminates highly controversial current county chief. Readers may recall that this was the woman who divorced her husband when he was indicted for corruption and had to step down, so she could run for his position. Current Taiwan representative in the US Jason Yuan says he has a green card by mistake. Excellent commentary on the "resignation" of SEF head Chiang in Taipei Times today understood in the light of cross-strait politics. The upgrades of Taichung and Taipei County to municipalities are not aimed at preventing DPP candidates from winning even though they cause delated elections, says the KMT. Taipei continues to run interference for Beijing in sovereignty disputes in the Spratlys and elsewhere. Because the KMT will annex Taiwan to China soon, any "ROC" claim becomes a PRC claim. Nice. Taiwan's foreign aid drops -- another diplomatic triumph for the KMT administration. TSMC to branch out into renewable energy. Cool article with lots of data on street vendors in Taiwan: rising by 130,000 over last five years. Despite warming relations, Chinese fishermen still poaching in local waters. Who could've imagined it?
Echo Taiwan lists some pro-Taiwan forums, and worries that DPP has given up communicating with the outside world. Biking in Taiwan does Feiren's Xindian loop Global Voices on labor protest on Labor Day Red A finds story: man sees wife taped with lover on porn dvd. Stabbing results. A-gu wants to know who really booked the grounds on May 18 to block the DPP protest. See his previous post for a detailed look at the mess. Lao Ren Cha with lovely pics and text from Jiufen. Sponge Bear has fun with the games the KMT is playing with Japan Neil Wade with another hike and awesome pics. Laowiseass on China's manifest destiny fulfilled in Taiwan
RED ALERT: New Taiwan Railways train schedule due out June 16th.
ME: A letter supporting my WSJ Op-Ed in WSJ. w00t! (original op-ed). Thanks Zoe!
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