Singapore should recognize 'one China' in Taiwan accord: XinhuaThe "One China" requirement has long been suspect by intelligent observers as a demand Beijing would place on ECFA and post-ECFA negotiations. What else could they do? Taiwan Today posted a piece on the Singapore-Taiwan FTA that said in part:
Singapore should recognize China's sovereignty over Taiwan even as the Southeast Asian country is preparing to sign an economic agreement, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said yesterday.
"We hope Singapore continues to observe the principle that there's only one China," Xinhua reported, citing the Chinese foreign ministry's spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
It appears to be a clever trick to get around the problem of Beijing not wanting Taiwan to have FTAs...
The minister pointed out that the two nations will pursue a trade pact that includes agreements on trade, investment, intellectual property rights, electronic commerce and customs cooperation.
Though the trade accord is similar to a free trade agreement, the two sides will not refer to it as such, Shih said, “because not using such a designation actually opens up more possibilities.” He noted that Singapore has entered trade agreements with Japan and India in recent years without calling them FTAs.
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It's a good thing they didn't waste the taxpayers' money or anything.
Taiwan Lottery has analyzed the faces of 1,414 winners of large cash prizes in the lottery, and compiled information on the characteristics of those most likely to win prizes of NT$5 million (US$157,000) or more.
Most big winners are between 40 and 59 years old, male, residents of Taipei County, Sagittarius, born in the Chinese Year of the Goat, with double-fold eyelids, an oval face, thick lips, bushy eyebrows and a high nose. Above all, almost all of the winners have large earlobes.
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