Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Not ECFA today

I was going to write a long commentary on the ECFA signing today, but there is lots of commentary on the signing of ECFA, which there is no need to repost here. So just some fun.... for pure comedy gold, nobody topped CNN's inventive description of Taiwan's relationship to China, a formula that has shown up in several CNN accounts.:

"Taiwan began as the remnant of the government that ruled over mainland China until a Communist uprising proved victorious in 1949. China considers Taiwan as a breakaway province and does not recognize it as a sovereign nation."

Yes, Taiwan was merely a speck in the ocean, which has expanded gradually since 1949. I hear China plans to do this with all the little islands in the South China Sea.....

If you read through the CNN article it contains no balancing information on the event whatsoever, everything is from a pro-ECFA voice. LOL.

For a fun read, check out this anonymous piece on China and self-determination:
ABSTRACT: There are major differences between the Chinese Communists’ pre-1944 and post-1944 policies with regard to the rights of non-ethnic Chinese. In recent years, the Chinese government has moved toward accepting the two International Covenants on human rights. Although these explicitly endorse the principle of peoples’ right to self-determination (not to be confused with independence), the way that the Chinese government views its attendant obligations is inconsistent with the plain language of the operative legal instruments. The problem is complicated by the fact that the generally relied-upon Chinese versions of the relevant international instruments, which the Chinese government claims to accept in principle, are in certain crucial respects at variance from what the authentic versions actually say. There is also a disconnect between the way Chinese and Central Asians tend to view questions of territorial sovereignty. Some Central Asian peoples have gained their independence (from China and Russia), and some of China’s subject peoples appear willing to accept present arrangements. For the others, the struggle continues. This article contextualizes the self-determination question in terms of Chinese territory and ideology. It also examines Chinese responses to modern international law and how China operates within the United Nations system and responds to un values. It discusses China’s perception of self-determination elsewhere, including the dissolution of federal and unitary states, and explores some of the implications of China’s stand. The authors also suggest some possible alternative paths for effecting self-determination.
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readin said...

An earlier CNN article (from yesterday, I think) said something like "The government of Taiwan began as the remnant..." It seems they shortened it to just "Taiwan" today.

Michael Turton said...

I sent them a long polite missive yesterday. i wonder if that had anything to do with it.