MEDIA: Over at Japan Focus, Japan, the lost decade, the East Asian Model, and the US financial crisis. Freedom of the press steps backwards in Taiwan. DPP says government interfering in Chen Shui-bian case. More charges filed against Chen Shui-bian. Imagine that. Wonderful G-2 cooperation partner China once again messes with US ships. Pentagon plays it down. Because the right approach to China is to pretend that nothing happened -- they'll never do it again if you do that. DPP will protest assembly and parade law with 24 hour sit-in. China plans economic zone aimed at Taiwan. The stock market here has risen 40% this year, world's biggest rise, and foreign fund inflows have spiked on the China investment news. FDI inflows are good news. Only 6% of world games tickets sold. It's firefly season in Yilan.
David comments on the amazing Taidu activist Su Beng Claudia Jean with the latest update on the protesters in Tainan arrested by the police. Sponge Bear on the Senkakus/Diaoyutai issue in the context of the current KMT Japan-bashing, along with a few tart comments for Tom Plate's excessively stupid recent commentary on Taiwan and China. David again with a widely-circulated post on freedom of assembly Biking in Taiwan on a ride in Taipei. With great pics, as always. Taiwanese Culture: to boldly go where no man has gone before...and erect a KTV there Pashan hits Hsuehshan. TIME blog on the latest Chinese harassment of US naval vessels. Todd does Tung Blossoms. Michella experiences the silliness of politicians firsthand. But isn't the question really why people continue to vote for gangsters, showboaters, and self-centered ignoramuses? Or is it why politics is full of such people? There must be a better way.....
SPECIAL: The People's Daily brings you a rant about Japan and Taiwan independence. A load of historically uninformed, illogical effluent, unintentionally funny. Note that while Ma Ying-jeou thinks the Treaty of Taipei has given Taiwan to the ROC, the PRC says it is the Cairo Declaration. Yup -- that's the best they can do.
SAD TO REPORT: Our Clare lost out in the competition for the World's Best Job to some journalist ringer guy (no, I'm not linking, no more publicity for that guy). My condolences to the awesome Clare.
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