The Hong Kong protests are a huge story in Taiwan right now -- people are following them closely. As if to emphasize the connection, Yau Wai-ching, who famously altered her swearing in oath and whom Beijing has attacked with its recent decision to interfere in the Hong Kong political process (here for BJ announcement), and who is an important focus of the pro-Hong Kong resistance and protest, was photo'd wearing an NTU shirt during an interview. Both the Hong Kong and Taiwan sides are very aware of their links and their common cause against Beijing's authoritarianism, expansion, and colonialism. As is Beijing...
With so many international media reps in Hong Kong, the demonstrations are being covered in minute detail. Hong Kong looms as a symbolic site of resistance to Beijing. It's interesting to contrast the sympathetic and detailed Hong Kong coverage with the colder, more pro-Beijing, and less detailed coverage of similar news from Taiwan. Hong Kong's importance is entirely symbolic, while Taiwan's resistance to Chinese expansionism has enormous implications for the region's economy and politics, and is connected to nearby states, such as Japan. Yet it is accounted less important in the media bubble world.
Let us hope the reporting on Taiwan shifts... in a Hong Kong direction.
Haha: NextMedia reinterprets the oath taking
- Japanese from Taiwan: We wansei view Taiwan as our beloved homeland...
- Bloomberg on the coming water battles in SE and S Asia, where China controls the rivers. Water is life, but it is also the single most important ingredient in industrial processes, used as a solvent, coolant, waste recipient, and element of products. China's veto power over SE Asian development means that Taiwan's political and economic investments in the area will hit difficulties.
- India slowdown will also hit Tsai's SE Asia policies hard.
- Reconstructing the old Huanan Market in Taipei
- China Post piece says Blind Spots Could be Undoing of Tsai's Southbound policies. More likely to be China's influence with the region's erratic, self-centered, authoritarian leaders.
- Changes at the top of the National Security Bureau
- SCMP piece argues Hung's coziness with CCP could backfire. Michal Thim already made same argument weeks ago in same paper. No acknowledgement, of course.
- China to open 260 positions to academics from Taiwan.
- Julian Baum with great commentary on Hung's visit to China
- Amidst debate over whether to eliminate the military instructors from the educational system (long past time to do that), a military instructor is accused of pimping out HS girls.
- Long time US Taiwan expert Richard Bush III warns that Beijing needs to be more flexible because backing Tsai Ing-wen into a corner puts US-China relations at risk.
- New labor law: more communication needed, bureaucratese for "our policies suck for the people we claim they are helping." The language of "consensus building" in Taiwan really means that opponents of government plans should STFU and let the government pretend that everyone agrees.
- TECRO rep Op-Ed calls for Taiwan to be connected to Interpol
- AmCham Taichung's Happy Hour is at the new Mom-n-Pop's in Da-ken on Nov 19 at 6 PM.
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