No blogging today, just too damn busy, but I thought I'd leave you with some links and this unhappy conjecture: lessee... Ebola in Africa... thousands of Chinese workers and investors in Africa... tens of thousands of Taiwanese in China... how long before that circle is closed and we see Ebola here? "Oh, I have pretty serious case of the flu, I think I'll return to Taiwan and have it treated."
The Ma Administration's policy of irritating the US continues with its ongoing exhibition of the ROC's mad claims to the South China Sea. It's a constant reminder of how the KMT's religious claim to be China creates problems for Taiwan. Imagine if China elected to move first not on Taiwan, but on the holdings in the Spratlys while specifically stating it was not moving on Taiwan. What would the US do? Go to war to support ROC sovereignty over the South China Sea? I think not, but it would sure look ugly no matter which way the US played it.
- The Chain: Photos of asylum patients in Taiwan
- New orders push up Taiwan manufacturers
- WSJ: Taiwan sees red flag in HKK election ruling
- Tony Chiu's droll, great piece on The Palace in Taipei: "Actress, singer, and controversial talk-show host Dee Hsu (小S) and her husband Mike Xu (許雅鈞) are probably the two most famous residents of Di Bao. Dee is known for asking tough and provocative question on her show Kang Xi Lai Le (康熙來了). A good example of this occurred in 2004, when she asked her neighbor, the senior Lien, during his second presidential campaign, “What kind of underwear do you wear?”
- My Several Worlds' daily paper is out.
- Timothy Rich at Thinking Taiwan: Is Beijing Pushing Hong Kong closer to Taiwan?
- China, Taiwan beefing up missile systems
- EVENT: Australia Office in Taipei is now putting out a call for papers for a Jan conference entitled Taiwan: A View from the South. Don't they know I am already The View? I'll have to deliver a paper on the proper naming of conferences...
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