Not much time for blogging today, in Kinmen enjoying that island's wonderful atmosphere and old buildings, but Manila has put out its official report on the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman.
Meanwhile Taipei is responding quid pro quo by announcing that it is lifting the sanctions on Manila. Good news. An emissary came to apologize -- something that had already occurred -- and Manila announced it was prosecuting the sailors, obvious sacrifices to Manila-Taipei relations.
When asked to elaborate on dissatisfaction, Hung Tzu-chien said she felt it was a pity that reporters were denied a chance to raise issues regarding the long-term harassment that Taiwanese fishing boats have suffered at the hands of the Philippine Coast Guard over the decades.The actual behavior of Taiwanese fishing boats abroad is apparently still unknown in Taiwan, where the media has fallen down on the job (shocked to hear that, I know you are). I would have loved to see the issue of Taiwan's fishing practices discussed in public.
UPDATE: Here are video links to videos posted by Taiwan TV stations:
- CNN on conscription in Asian countries
- Meteor shower this weekend....
- Business shows its faith in awesome pro-business KMT governance: four of last five years private sector investment in Taiwan has been negative, says Economic Daily News.
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