Anyone catch the little incident with popular mayor Jason Hu of Taichung this week? I didn't see it in the English media. It seems the city had appealed the verdict in a lawsuit about a molestation case. A teacher had been convicted of serial molestation, the parents sued the city government in charge of the schools, and won their case. Rather than pay out, the city had appealed hoping to stall the eventual payment. The parents went to the mayor to complain, who told them loudly and publicly: bu yau tsai nao! Which is to say "Kwitcherbitchin!" -- "Stop whining, complaining." Lotta other things he could have said. Not good publicity for the mayor.
I don't think the implications of the South China Sea claims by China for Taiwan have really sunk in yet. Basically, after years of bilateral and multilateral negotiations, frameworks for discussion, public announcements, meetings, etc, China told everyone Hulk Smash!! We're taking what we want, deal with it. This should dash the last hopes that China is going to move smoothly into the international system among those who are not making money with lucrative consulting fees working in China. But somehow I feel it won't; their experience with Japan spoiled our policymakers. But more importantly it suggests that whatever agreements Taiwan or the US make with China over their drive to annex Taiwan, in the end it doesn't matter: Hulk Smash!! Can anyone say "17 Point Agreement?"
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