Chen Shui-bian was found NOT GUILTY of taking bribes in the merger cases and of laundering the money. As was his wife. AP has the judge's ruling:
"No evidence." Does this mean that Chen is getting his houses back?
The Taipei District Court said in its ruling Friday there was no evidence showing Chen took 600 million New Taiwan dollars ($20 million) in exchange for promises not to block the bankers' separate merger initiatives.
Executives of Cathay Bank and Yuanta Securities Co. claim the money was political donations. They also were acquitted of bribery charges in the case.
- HoonTing with an interesting take on the Treaty of Shimonoseki, the Triple Intervention, and Taiwan's status. Speaking of status, the government says that Chinese are not ROC citizens but not foreigners, for their NHI status when they are here as students.
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- OzSoapBox on shipping bike parts here: the gov't overcharges for customs taxes.
- Ma pledges to make the environment a priority. Words fail me.
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- An Indian writer on Taiwan nails it well: Worries that Taiwan is not reaping the due dividends of its "democracy advantage" also extend to the younger generation's confused approach to nationhood in a political milieu where the current government of President Ma Ying-jeou is promoting all-out economic and cultural integration with the mainland. In numerous exchanges with Taiwanese students, I observed that they did not view democracy as a cherished trait or a basis for constructing the national self, defined against the mainland Chinese "other".
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