Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Diplomat: Ma Ying-jeou's Legendary (Trade) Millions

In the Diplomat today:
When The Economist recently reported that Taiwan’s trade with China “ballooned” during the administration of outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou of the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT), it was repeating what has become a commonplace among writers on the cross-strait relationship. We are told that trade “boomed” under Ma (Washington PostInstitutional Investor), or “particularly since Ma” (East Asia ForumInternational Business Times), or that since Ma cross-strait trade has “climbed more than 50 percent” (New York Times) and even “soared” (Economist). Indeed it is possible to write that China is “showering” Taiwan with economic benefits (East Asian Forum), that booming cross-strait trade was “only a hope little more than a decade ago” (National Interest), and that Ma’s policies have resulted in “substantial material gain” (National Interest).
There is just one problem with these thoroughly conventional claims: they are thoroughly wrong...
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Chris Fraser said...

Great article! Please continue pointing out the many absurdities in international reporting on Taiwan and the associated conventional wisdom.

Anonymous said...

Good Job! We need more people like you to tell the fact instead of propaganda from China