"Good day, sir," Drake said formally. "I must be off to New York, and your welfare is really not a major concern in my life."Reuters reports that China is angered by Tsai's upcoming visit to Japan.
"Good day," Lovecraft said, rising with Colonial courtesy. "Since you have been so good as to give me a warning, I will return the favor. I do not think your interest in these people is based on a wish to oppose them, but to serve them. I beg you to remember their attitude toward servants."
Tsai visited the United States this year, which also angered China.In a piece that consists largely of media platitudes -- like saying that relations between Taiwan and China improved with Ma Ying-jeou when it was CCP-KMT relations that improved -- that sentence I've bolded stands out. Kudos to Reuters -- how many international media reports have ever put it so clearly and straightfowardedly?
Many people in Taiwan, which was a Japanese colony from 1895-1945, have a broadly more positive view of Japan than people in China or Korea.
The first, and so far only, DPP president, Chen Shui-bian, infuriated Beijing during his term from 2000 to 2008.
China accused him of trying to push for independence, even though Chen tried to maintain stable ties.
Since China's "anger" is pro forma, perhaps Reuters might simply let Xinhua forward the government's press releases, and refrain from doing so itself.
...meanwhile BBC "blog" reports with unconcealed glee that Taiwan fans got Bon Jovi's China concert canceled. BBC is so excited to report that Taiwan Did A Bad that it missed the key political point of this series of events....
Sources have told the BBC that Taiwanese fans had sent the Chinese authorities pictures of those concerts, showing Bon Jovi singing on stage with images of the Tibetan spiritual leader as the backdrop....of course BBC makes the pro forma acknowledgement that no one really knows what caused BJ to cancel BJ, but it is obvious what its actual position is.
The move, it appears, was part of a concerted campaign aimed at getting Bon Jovi's China tour scuttled so that he could play more shows in Taiwan. Indeed, shortly after Beijing and Shanghai dates were cancelled, he hastily added one more date for Taipei.
Fans were apparently inspired by American rock band Maroon 5's experience with China. When Beijing recently cancelled their shows after one band member tweeted "Happy Birthday" to the Dalai Lama, the organiser added a concert in Taipei to recoup losses.
Taiwanese Bon Jovi fans were desperate. The band had scheduled only one concert in Taiwan on its Asia tour and tickets had sold out on the first day.
BBC then goes on to deliver the key political point...:
For years the band has tried to tap into China, and Jon Bon Jovi recently even learned how to sing one of the best-known songs in Chinese culture, The Moon Represents My Heart.....which is, once again, that no matter how hard you struggle to serve China, China will use that as leverage to make you serve it even harder, and then go ahead and screw you in the end. This is why China can only be exploited or resisted, but can't be negotiated with. But this far more indicative and interesting insight was ignored by BBC in its haste to blame Taiwan for Beijing's decision (because everyone knows that Beijing has no agency of its own, so the blame for any actions it takes must always rest with others). *sigh*
Perhaps BBC and its writers in the Chinese world should take that lesson about serving China to heart, eh?
UPDATE: Bon Jovi has canceled the extra show and the original one, typhoon taking the blame.
ADDED: A couple of other points to be made. BBC could have taken the position that China is so easily manipulated. Or it could have done investigative work and found that perhaps the concert promoter realized he wasn't making enough money, and pulled the concert tour. *wink*
ADDED: Lots of comments, some good.
ADDED: BBC scribes:
Perhaps the lessons Taiwanese fans want to teach Bon Jovi are: don't be blinded by money; don't forget your first love in greater China - Taiwan; and get it right by singing The Moon Represents My Heart for the Taiwanese.There's no such thing as "greater China" and claiming so is a pro-China move.
MEDIA: I should add that corporate news media (and this goes double for a state-run media organ) don't have "blogs", blogs are anti-Establishment and alternative by their nature. Renaming your column a "blog" doesn't make it trendy and insightful and interesting and alternative. It just debases the word "blog" and shamelessly parasitizes on the hard work of those of us who have struggled to make this art form a useful and informative alternative. It also lets everyone know you are so out of touch you think blogs, a medium largely passe these many years, are actually trendy.
- New Bloom on the passport issue.
- The latest Taiwan Communique is out, full description, links, and TOC are below the READ MORE line.
- FocusTaiwan ran this piece: Ten Ways You Know You're Turning into a Local in Taiwan. Actually, it should be titled: "Ten Ways You Think Taipei is Taiwan". Those of us who really are local laffed at it. A telltale sign of continued foreign-ness, as a friend of mine pointed out: the list doesn't contain any mentions of interactions with locals. Its point of reference remains... foreignness, not localness.
- Homeowner not interested in joining
developer leverages law to make big bucks stealing private property projecturban renewal project has home demolished anyway.
Citing the Urban Renewal Act (都市更新條例), Lin said that the project was approved after gaining the backing of 60 percent of property owners who together owned more than two-thirds of space allocated for the project.Developers typically have people purchase plots in an area they want to
destroydevelop, meaning that the "60%" rule is totally meaningless, since many of those voting will be working for the developer.
- US issues Taiwan invasion report
- Typhoon on way! Rain a'comin'.
- PETA piece on first-ever pigeon gambling bust (actually, it's not). FocusTaiwan has an article on it here.
- Dengue cases now up to 17000. Once again the central government has failed.
- DPP Presidential Candidate Tsai reaffirms commitment to Status Quo.
This is followed by a summary of the developments surrounding the high school student protests against proposed changes to history textbooks. During the months of July and August 2015 this led to a tense confrontation and even a brief occupation of Ministry of Education offices, and the death of one student leader.
The next theme is the heated debate in Taiwan on how to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia. This led to some very different perspectives: the PRC/CCP narrative, the one by the ROC/Chinese Kuomintang, and the views from the side of the native Taiwanese, who were under Japanese rule during WW-II.
Next we focus on a related topic: former President Lee Teng-hui’s pronouncements during his July visit to Japan and his interview with a Japanese magazine in late August. Did Taiwan fight in the “War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression” – as maintained by President Ma Ying-jeou.
In our Report from Washington we present the text of an open letter to President Barak Obama regarding the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Washington. FAPA President Mark Kao urges president Obama to reaffirm America’s support for freedom, democracy and human rights in Taiwan.
We then have an In Memoriam with a tribute to human rights activist Lynn Miles who passed away in Taiwan on 8 June 2015. Mr. Miles was a pioneer in Taiwan’s human rights and democracy movement.
The electronic version will be uploaded to our websites www.fapa.org and http://www.taiwandc.org/twcom/index.html
ONTENTS Taiwan Communiqué no 152
September / October 2015
Election campaign in full swing
Tsai Ing-wen maintains a strong lead ............. 1
Hung Hsiu-chu's poll numbers keep dropping ....... 2
James Soong jumps into the race .................. 5
Will the DPP have a majority in the LY? .......... 6
Students protest textbook changes
Students rally at Ministry of Education .......... 8
Tragic suicide of student leader ................. 9
An unsatisfactory dialogue with the Minister .... 10
Highschool students win moral victory
by FAPA President Mark Kao ..... 11
Taiwan's curious WW-II commemorations
For Taiwan, a complex World War II history ...... 13
ROC-PRC competition on who led the war effort ... 14
Beijing's distorted version of events ........... 15
Lien Chan draw fire for attending PRC parade .... 16
Former President Lee speaks out (again)
Agrees that the Senkakus belong to Japan ........ 17
Taiwan did not fight "War of resistance" ........ 19
Report from Washington
Letter to President Obama re visit of Xi Jinping..21
Human rights activist Lynn Miles (1943-2015) .... 22
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