- MJ with excellent pics and commentary on his friend Gunnstein's purchase of a two-wheel recumbent bike at the Taiwan factory. Michael C took Gunnstein around Hualien, lucky man.
- An awesome post on an awesome ride, Taiwan in Cycles on his long ride through southern Taiwan this weekend, with social and cultural commentary to boot. Well worth a look. He also comments on Taiwan Review's piece on Taiwan's future in cycles
- Neil Wade on hiking in Taiwan's central mountains, with fabulous pictures.
- Wandering in Taiwan with another excellent trip, to a historic train station.
- Stocks and Politics on the new film Formosa Betrayed
- Global Views on the protest against mobile phone maker HTC
- Danshui History blog has a thought provoking discussion on Who are the Taiwanese?
- When FCA doesn't write on religion, his stuff is excellent, like this recent piece on learning Chinese. More!
- That's Impossible points out that hilariously, the Ma government won't provide the DPP with any information on ECFA for the upcoming debate. Just the usual raised middle finger to the public.
- Frozen Garlic looks at the DPP's nomination strategy for Taichung
- The shape of things to come: the SEC confirms the problems with the individuals behind the Nanshan bid.
- Red A on the rise in steel prices.
- Stocks and Politics notes, as I have, that ECFA optimism won't pass the reality test of actual Chinese behavior
- Taiwan Matters! on the crackdown on illegal radio stations
- Fixed Gear Girl at the Chungshan Hall
- Taiwan: Travel writer writes on travel: Taiwan
- Video on GPS companies, why they are based in Taiwan.
- Letter from Taiwan's rep in Ireland says Taiwan is left out of climate change efforts. That's just noise: there's nothing to stop us from ceasing construction of our awful coal-fired power plants.
- There never was a Bob Dylan tour of Asia; it was just a con.
- Economist Peter Chow on annexation via ECFA; the whole point gutting Taiwan's sovereignty using economic integration is that the public never has an identifiable moment when it can say that sovereignty has been lost, to prevent any awakening of Taiwan's formidable powers of resistance.
- Taiwan ending conscription.
- China offers to help the US build an HSR system
- US lawsuits against Chinese drywall: billions of dollars.
- Jerome Cohen writes that the Rio Tinto case shows how China steamrollers its international legal commitments. Go, ECFA.
- Haha. Asia Sentinel with a truly excellent piece on instant noodle trickery... "...putting a stop to practices by some producers who reportedly even went so far to print the "pictures shown are for reference purposes only" warning in the same color as the background on the label, rendering the warning invisible."
- Commonwealth Magazine says 1.5 million babies are needed in Taiwan. Good stuff, as always from that magazine.
- Taipei's last green area to disappear.
- Taiwan's export competitiveness falls in last nine years, claim KMT gov't officials.
- DPP motion to link FTA promise to ECFA fails, practically a confession that China will not let Taiwan have FTAs with other nations.
- PRC targets services, says TSU
- Taiwan developing carrier killer
- Scantily clad babes scam gamblers, 11 arrested
RIDES: Apr 24/25 we'll be reprising the ride in Nantou last month. This ride has two starting possibilities. If you like, you can get to Taichung and bike with us on Friday down to Jiji or Shuili and overnight there, meeting up with more people on Saturday morning. If that doesn't work, you can come down on Saturday morning from Taipei and take the local train to Shuili, meeting us at 10 in Shuili. If you'd like to come, contact me.
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