Tough day. Too tired to post. Enjoy some links...
- SPECIAL: Taiwan in Cycles on cycling and air quality in Taiwan
- KMT chair Eric Chu to meet China President Xi on May 4
- Chu rules out presidential bid for second time this week. Theories abounding -- but one outstanding one I keep hearing is that he is reluctant to run because there are some iffy land deals in Taoyuan involving his family. Meanwhile current candidate Hung Hsiu-chu came out with some comic stuff about the greatness of China, total deep Blue fantasyland that locals will reject. Doesn't anyone in the KMT have the sense to keep this stuff under wraps? Even Ma Ying-jeou, whom no one would confuse with a pragmatic, flexible politician, knew enough to become Taiwanese when he ran for President.
- Gov't to let blue collar workers earn permanent residency in Taiwan.
- It's 2015. We are not sleepwalking towards war like this National Interest article claims. Beijing is heading us there with eyes open.
- Bored? Chinese propaganda is everywhere, like in the World Policy Journal
- Taiwan to wastefully position search aircraft in Spratlys where it is convenient for China to destroy them, so that they can patrol the South China Sea, which is already monitored by a half dozen navies.
- Frozen Garlic with speculation on a possible party realignment. Great piece. His fundamental idea is correct, but his thinking on Ko is wrong... Perhaps I'll post tomorrow.
- Faces of new media in Taiwan: German reporter Klaus Bardenhagen.
- In the ongoing saga of the Farglory -- Taipei Dome scandal, the head of Farglory says politics is too scary for him. I note that former Mayor Hau is keeping a low low profile. Current mayor Ko's relentless assault on these construction-industrial state giveaways may turn up dirt on many KMT figures...
- The New Qing history is a direct challenge to Beijing's territorial claims in Taiwan and elsewhere. Naturally Beijing authorities are pushing back against it.
- Taiwan Take on Spanish man in Taichung accused of raping 17 year old girl.
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