Ted Galen Carpenter on the ROC's Senkaku claims says there have been "angry demonstrations" in Taiwan's cities about the Senkakus. Hahahaha. With response from ROC representative too. Yet Carpenter's main points about the silliness of the ROC's desire to insert itself into the debate is largely correct. On the other hand, perhaps we should be thankful that the Ma Administration has decided to proxy for Beijing in this. Can you imagine the fallout if Chinese and Japanese ships attacked each other with water hoses? (or real weapons...)
Speaking of the Senkakus, DPP stalwart and former ambassador to the US Joseph Wu said that the Taiwan representative office in the US encouraged Nationalist groups in the US to protest against Japan. Pure nuttery. The devious position of the Ma Administration is rather like the covert anti-PRC, anti-independence campaign KMT operatives carry out in the refugee camps on Tibet's border. Whatever the specific issue, the tactics remain the same....
Can Taiwan resist Beijing's unification drive? Probably, if writers on the topic would learn their history and forthrightly represent Taiwan's pro-independence majority so that the world could understand what is going on. Not to mention stop writing sentences like "Since 1949, when the People’s Republic was founded, China has never stopped longing for the island..."
Notes from the New Kellogg-Briand Generation I: Kerry in his nomination hearings worried that the US might offend China with its tiny, limp pivot. Has he internalized Beijing's propaganda stances as a basis for analysis? A scary prospect.
Notes from the New Kellogg-Briand Generation II: Adm. Tim Keating, he of the Great Bush Arms Freeze of 2008, when a vast whiteout engulfed Taiwan's defense procurements from the US, thinks the US should train Chinese officers at the US military academies. Keating thinks this will help communications, etc. Except for being incredibly stupid, short-sighted, and suicidal, it's probably not a bad idea, since whenever China chooses to throw a fit over some US action, it will give them something to cut off that won't cost the US anything. The US military is like an Androcles perpetually searching for a thorn in the paw of the Chinese lion, and wondering why they keep getting scratched whenever they reach for it.
Conference participants say Taiwan must do more in its own defense. I wish somewhere there was a voice chiding the western democracies to do more in Taiwan's defense.
North Korea sues Taipower because it didn't deliver nuclear waste for disposal in North Korea, along with $300 million in hard currency. I can't wait to catch the one-liners on this one. This contract is for 60,000 barrels and was signed in...1997.
- Premier Jiang says he'll quit if nuke plant is killed.
- LOL @ MOFA
- How Ang Lee boosted Taiwan's movie industry
- Pro-China military espionage in Taiwan, part II
- Taiwan's GDP rebounds in fourth quarter
- Day 55 of Far East Cruise, making port in Keelung.
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