The Fair Trade Commission has decided not to issue cease-and-desist orders to about 20 domestic and foreign firms suspected of forming an international cartel involving the sale of liquid crystal display panels for such products as TVs and cell phones, it has been learned.Taiwan's exclusion from the heroism-or-suicide climate talks was the subject of a sympathetic piece, also in a Japanese paper, as a well as a nifty commentary in the Taipei Times today from Danish Taiwanese supporter Michael Danielson. The Japan Times notes:
Ultimately, the FTC could not discover the whole truth behind its suspicions as Taiwan companies believed to be at the center of the cartel refused to cooperate with the FTC's investigation. It will officially end its probe when the statute of limitations expires in the middle of this month.
As of August, the U.S. Justice Department had identified Osaka-based Sharp Corp.; Hitachi Displays Ltd., based in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; and South Korea's LG Display Co. as members of this international price cartel and levied fines totalling 640 million dollars.
The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, also identified this as a cartel of firms from South Korea, Taiwan and other countries in July and is planning to impose huge monetary sanctions soon.
Not only is Taiwan victim to the severe effects of climate change, it is also one of the worst greenhouse gas emitters. Home to a mere 23 million people, it nevertheless accounts for 1 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, according to Shen.For those interested, the most recent SCAR report, 500+ pages, on the rapidly melting antarctic ice sheets, is here. The good news is that the ozone over the south pole is recovering. The bad news is that ozone is a powerful greenhouse gas, meaning that the ice is now melting faster than IPCC predictions. The situation can probably still be stabilized, but Copenhagen is looking a lot like that famous opening monologue...
Taiwan cannot participate in the Copenhagen conference as a national delegation because the U.N. does not recognize its sovereignty, mainly due to pressure from the People's Republic of China. So it is being represented by four NGOs who are attending as observers, with the Environmental Protection Administration's deputy minister acting as adviser.
Their leaders talked and talked and talked...it's the kind of thing that just makes me want to sit around listening to Mahler's Second over and over again.... Russians fear China? China Reform Monitor observes:
but nothing could stem the avalanche.
Their world crumbled...
Russia's Gazeta has published a scathing critique of China's political system and military. “China is becoming stronger than Russia, and it covets our resources [and] every Chinese knows that all of southern Siberia and Russia's Far East constitute ‘primordial Chinese territory. China is preparing for war with Russia.” The Chinese military's most recent maneuvers combined units of land forces and have been staged close to Russian borders, the article notes. “China's military-technical cooperation with Russia is being wound down at a very rapid pace, and Beijing's technological dependence on Russia's defense industries is already almost a thing of the past.” The article also recalls China's provision of nuclear technologies and highly enriched uranium to Pakistan and claims that “Russia and the United States are seeking agreement on the demilitarization and denuclearization of space while Beijing is pursuing the opposite policy.”Speaking of weapons, our on-again, off-again arms sales to Taiwan are apparently on, according to a Reuters exclusive:
The Obama administration is moving toward possible new arms sales to Taiwan, including design work on diesel-electric submarines, a State Department official told Reuters on Wednesday.The Command and Control stuff is urgently needed as China modernizes. So are the choppers. F-16s? They aren't mentioned. But the submarines? Diesel electric subs are great, quieter and cheaper than nukes, but Taiwan does not need them, especially at those prices, 3X the going world rate, and not arriving for more than a decade from now. We'd be much better off investing in '000s of cruise missiles for striking Chinese bases. We need a Taiwan that bristles with missiles.
China strongly opposes arms sales to Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a renegade province, as interference in its domestic affairs. New submarines could help challenge any Chinese seaborne assault on the self-governing island, which Beijing reserves the right to take by force.
Also progressing toward notification to the U.S. Congress is the sale to Taiwan of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, said Robert Kovac, acting deputy assistant secretary of state for defense trade.
In addition, the Obama administration is weighing more sales to Taiwan of Patriot "Advanced Capability" missiles known as PAC-3 as well as an operations deal for the "Po Sheng" (Broad Victory) command and control program, Kovac said.
Finally, a lighter turn: an American-born Taiwanese roundball player at Harvard was featured on ESPN:
Jeremy is not the product of some Marv Marinovich in high-tops, desperate to cultivate the perfect basketball player, but rather a 5-foot-6 immigrant who long ago fell in love with a game and realized that in that game, his own children could gain entry into mainstream America.This illustrates a common thread in many sports stars' lives: obsessive parental intervention -- the Williams sisters and Tiger Woods are other good examples.
Gie-Ming Lin was born in Taiwan, where academics were stressed and athletics ignored. He caught an occasional glimpse of basketball and, for reasons he can't explain, was immediately smitten with the game.
He dreamed of coming to the United States for two reasons: to complete his Ph.D. and "to watch the NBA."
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