However, at a separate setting, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers implied there was a political overtone to the matter, with KMT Legislator Herman Shuai (帥化民) saying the purpose of the op-ed piece was to “humiliate the military” and to “insult President Ma’s [Ying-jeou (馬英九)] administration” to achieve its desired objective in January’s presidential and legislative elections.However, on his Facebook page, J Michael Cole pointed to a CNA article on him and a photo of his short meeting with Vice Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang, "a great gentleman and professional", who spoke to him in front of everyone, including the media, a clear message. The sort of rhetoric deployed against Cole is normal, but it is still not pleasant to face. Hope things go well with him.
KMT caucus whip Chao Li-yun (趙麗雲) made several demands of Cole, the Taipei Times and its sister newspaper, the Chinese-language Liberty Times.
She asked Cole to provide evidence to back up his statements, or offer an apology and admit the allegations are incorrect if he is unable to do so.
The allegations have dealt a blow to the country’s image and hurt its interests when Taiwan is still waiting for a decision by the US on the sale of F16C/D aircraft, the lawmaker said.
- FT: Chinese vessel confronts Indian naval vessel leaving a southern Vietnamese port on its way to a northern one in Vietnamese waters, claiming that they were Chinese waters and demanding to know what the Indian craft was doing there. Indians just should have sunk the bastards. FT also has a good piece on how China is involved in water disputes with all its neighbors and with ethnic groups in its recently annexed territories.
- Latest TVBS poll for election shows Ma over Tsai comfortably, most Taiwanese identifying as Taiwanese and majority support for independence. You figure it out.
- Dr Tsai interview in WSJ (video). WSJ is on a roll with Taiwan stuff; there is also a piece on Tsai to partner the video.
- I've pointed out how counterproductive and stupid Australia's South Pacific islands policy is -- by suppressing Taiwan's influence there, Canberra loses a weapon against China, whose influence it fears. This piece shows just how disgusting Australia's policies were: "The leaked US cables also report that Australia has unsuccessfully sought to persuade Nauru and the Solomon Islands to abandon diplomatic relations with Taiwan."
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