News from today: high school students invaded the MOE over the textbook issue. Apparently 30 were arrested and taken away for interrogation. This is unlikely to cure their militancy. The police declared the area a crime scene and then detained several journalists who attempted to enter, hauling them off for interrogation.
- Stupid, uninformed anonymous commentary in WSJ says Taiwan will be more vulnerable to China's bullying if nuke plants are mothballed. Sooooo wrong. Those plants leave us terribly vulnerable to blackmail ("Surrender or we will breach containment with missiles") as well as accidents and stupidity. See James Guo's piece from this Taiwan Communique. Taiwan will never be safe until we are 100% renewable.
- Singapore piece on the tough road ahead faced by the Taiwan candidates
- Sturdy piece from D Fell at the China Policy Institute blog on the Hung candidacy. Of note: her candidacy does not reflect any "growing influence of the Legislative Yuan"; if the LY had clout, Wang Jin-pyng would have been the candidate. And the "middle" on identity is "Taiwanese" and on China-Taiwan relations, its "get the economic benefits but not get swallowed."
- What do Beijingers think of Taiwan? in ChinaRealTime. Largely an exercise in demonstrating that everyone knows what to say.
- Death Toll in water park disaster reaches 9. 162 still in critical condition.
- Solidarity with the translation of Hung's acceptance speech. The other day he remarked that Hung sees herself as a centrist because she spends so much time inside the KMT bubble around people who are to the weird right of her, demanding immediate assaults to retake China, or praying for a CCP conquest of Taiwan. It's a scary speech.
- SCHOLARLY: Crosscurrents has a special issue on marriage migration in Taiwan
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