Monday, September 07, 2009

Daily Links, Sept 7, 2009

This just in: Premier Liu has resigned. I've been hearing for a year that the old cabinet may be moved out to make room for a more election-oriented team. The first step? UPDATE: Wu Den-yih is the new premier. WSJ article.

Not many blog posts this week.....
MEDIA: Sierra Leone to deport Taiwanese fishermen it says were illegally fishing. Aboriginal resettlement begins. Credit Suisse says smaller contraction for Taiwan's economy. Deputy Bank Governor of China arrives after postponement due to Dalai Lama's visit. Local government debt problems: Taipei city resolves land swap issues. Julian Baum with an excellent essay in FEER on the DL's visit.

VIDEO: Was surfing and came across this incredible 8 minute video of a 2006 incident of police chasing a vehicle and repeatedly shooting at it, ending in hail of gunfire that resulted in a dead driver.

EVENTS: Rock Taichung this weekend. The latest Taiwan Communique is out. Climate Change Awareness Event, October 24 (blog with more information).
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6 comments:

Arthur Dent said...

Following on from your observation of the neo-realist soviet style ad campaign currently being run by 7-11, it appears that Rock Taichung is similarly afflicted ... check out the main screen logo:

http://www.rockintaichung.com/mains.html

Andrew said...

Wu Den-yih; What a terrible choice.
Replace one premier who couldn't get anything done with another. Wu was a terrible mayor in Kaohsiung, who did absolutely nothing for the city during his 8 years in power; other than line the pockets of his buddies with cash of course. Don't think the DPP could have chosen a better man to further sink Ma's boat.

Anonymous said...

AP, not really Wall Street Journal, which I couldn't believe would be so fast on this. "Skilled political maneuverer"? Yeah, what they really meant is arrogant partisan.

Anonymous said...

Here's how it works: Beijing tells the international wire services to write nice things about Ma and the KMT - if they want to keep their China bureaus open.

David said...

Wu Den-yih is just another pawn in the KMT elite.

He will be disposed of in no time in preparation for former Taoyuan Mayor Zu-Li Lun as Premier in waiting, and then subsequently the chosen candidate for the Vice-Presidency in time for the next election.

If it all goes well, Taiwan should expect another son of from the influential KMT-Mainland faction claiming the presidency after Ma.

readin said...

"Following on from your observation of the neo-realist soviet style ad campaign currently being run by 7-11, it appears that Rock Taichung is similarly afflicted ... check out the main screen logo:

It makes sense. When I was young the rock groups tried to subtly identify themselves with Germany (remember the "rock dots") the most recent evil empire to have been defeated. It makes sense that the current crop of rockers would want to identify with a more recent powerful genocidal regime.