Only a few more days... today's links:
- Joe Hung, who used to write opinions and stuff for the China Post, on the negative turn of the election. He's very reliable, in the way that Pravda was very reliable.
- US neutral but closely watching. If they are truly neutral, why watch close? I mean, all outcomes are identical, right?
- Philipines, China, South China Sea
- SCMP on Taichung, a key battleground in the election. Weirdly for SCMP, it's not pro-KMT. Thanks, guys. Some good information in there including on the factional clash that has turned off so many KMT voters.
- Frozen Garlic with the theory of consociality in response to Tsai's noises about a coalition government. The conventional wisdom says Tsai is making an offer to sweeten the pot for Soong so he will stay in the race.
- Ben Goren nails the Ma vs Tsai comparison
- Frozen Garlic blogs on this election's more subdued street decorations. I don't think it is going to affect turnout.
- WSJ says Tsai victory could hurt markets -- remember what happened when Ma was elected -- market started going down the day after he was inaugurated.
- Cain Nunns in the Global Post with another article on how the election has spurred activism.
- China's GDP growth to slow to 8.3%. In a way it will be good if Tsai wins but Ma is president during this period of slowing growth.
- VOA on the pro-independence opposition gains in the election.
- WantChinaTimes on Soong: Swan Soong? More like, the Soong remains the same.
- Shih Ming-teh still batting for the KMT. Disgusting.
- COA confirms presence of avian flu in Changhua. Because of all the smuggling of animals from China and elsewhere, keeping out disease is difficult.
- The history of that fort in Danshui, you know, the red hair fort.
- Rob Schneider hearts Taiwan. Way cool! Do you think he reads my blog?
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