The Administration is forging ahead with what it said it would do, quietly, without fanfare or drama. That's Tsai's leadership style. It's great for the nation, although it doesn't supply pyrotechnics for this blog. So you'll have to forgive the recent lack of blogging.
KMT: Yeah, the KMT is so wrecked it is taking money in the form of loans under Party Chair Hung's name just to pay its salaries. Note that these are loans, not gifts. Newly appointed Spokesloon Alex Tsai wasted no time in engaging in bizarre attacks on Ma Ying-jeou, no ideological slouch himself, who is looking surprisingly reasonable compared to Hung and her appointees after disagreements at a high level dinner party. Hung denied there was any trouble, but reportedly asked the former president, who was trying to explain (mansplain?) cross-strait policy to her, why "reunification" isn't on the table (China Post). I am so glad Hung is Chairman of the KMT.
The fight over the 1992 Consensus one interpretation or two, is another one of those disguised identity struggles within the KMT. The KMT's attacks on Tsai reached new heights of absurdity this week as well as they called Tsai "Taiwan's Hitler". They did the same thing to Chen Shui-bian, readers will recall (and also effigies of him as Hitler during the faux protests against him) and PRC officials referred to Tsai as Hitler as well, though in a different context than accusations of authoritarianism.
Note that this conversation on the 1992C is taking place almost entirely between mainlanders at the top of the party. None of the party's Taiwanese heavyweights except Wu Den-yih has weighed in on the issue.
FOOD: the Taipei Times editorialized vaguely about food prices, which have skyrocketed with the recent typhoon blitz.The Tsai Administration needs to be seen to be loudly doing something. Vegetable prices are stratospheric -- I couldn't even find carrots at the supermarket the other day because they were so pricey, and quarter heads of cabbage require a mortgage. Hopefully things will calm down a bit soon. The massive spike in prices is quite painful at the moment, though.
- America's Dangerous China Fantasy Jim Mann with another excellent piece on US China policy. This relationship can only end in a violent divorce...
- Global Taiwan Brief latest issue
- Brian H with the ROC the issue in the Judicial Yuan appointments
- Beijing: Localist legislators in Hong Kong colluding with Taiwan independence supporters. Also, is there any democracy-oriented male out there who isn't nursing a crush on Yau Wai-ching? She's my new hero.
- Former BBC reporter on Taiwan Caroline Gluck is back in Taiwan to promote humanitarian causes and her new book.
- News Lens: Taiwan-Japan ties deepen on China assertiveness
- Duterte's detente with China and implications for Taiwan
- Taiwan's southward look: strengthening relations with SE Asia and NZ
- WAY COOL: Pacific Islanders may carry genes of third, unknown human species.
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