After the show a group of us celebrated the PRC's 60th by heading over to a Xinjiang restaurant (HJS), where we killed an entire production run of Taiwan beer. Listening to a Taiwanese woman there talk about how they had been taught to regard Xinjiang and Tibet as part of China, and how moving it was for her to listen to the story of East Turkestan (the name of Xinjiang before the PRC colonized it), I felt again: this is a film that everyone on the island should see.
You can also see how completely shameless the KMT's refusal to grant a visa to Kadeer was -- here is a regime which, as my good friend Michael Fahey noted, operated a blacklist against its own people, exiling so many, and which thus has a special obligation to political exiles everywhere. But at the same time, because Kadeer is so effective, it is easy to see why they wouldn't let her in.
- Fabulous new find of ancestral hominid.
- Steve Yates on Fox News commenting on the Empire State building lit up to commemorate the 60th of the PRC. Excellent Taiwan comments, Steve!
- Joe Hung, longtime rabidly pro-KMT, pro-China commentator at the China Post, has taken over the head of the Central News Agency. I have no further comment on this.
- More bad news for the KMT in local elections: Hualien KMTer has dropped out to run as independent, may turn KMT lock into competitive race. More comments on this tonight.
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