Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday night Short Shorts

She's classic.

Deputy MAC minister Chang is out this week:
The Presidential Office confirmed yesterday that the president received a letter from former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) defending himself against an accusation that he had leaked national secrets, before Chang issued a statement on Sunday last week that suggested he had been forced to resign.
The removal caused the People's First Party (PFP), little more than the faction of former KMT heavyweight and former important politician James Soong, to make furious noises, since Chang was a PFPer. The local media is claiming that he was actually forced out is not spying but because he is a Soong man and not a Ma man, and he was removed at the behest of King Pu-tsun, Ma's "Little Dagger" and the man to whom such moves are always attributed. It seems there is always someone accused of playing Rasputin to Ma's Tsar Nicholas. Yet another example of the way underlings are said to convey the real message while the Big Man remains aloof and exudes beneficence, to deflect criticism from the Big Man (in many cases the wife often fills this role of criticism magnet -- "Oh, X did all those negative things because he was misled by his scheming wife...)?

Two Mormon missionaries were found dead in a local apartment. Word has it that they had a water heater indoors which killed them via carbon monoxide poisoning. This type of tragedy happens with depressing frequently. Please make sure your house is ventilated -- remember that concrete houses don't "breathe" like wooden houses.

Bad news: the KMT government is considering putting the banking sector outside the agreements and moving on it before any other cross-strait agreements with China are signed. Argh. How much public oversight do you think that will have?
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Jerome Besson said...

Geitas? I approve. Best foot-gear to hit the streets of mushy Taihoku.

Back in spring, I advised the youth holed-up in the LY to get their geitas on for a raucous "sawagi" on Ketagalan.

On Ketagalan they went. But they only held sunflowers. Which, in a sense, I interpreted as a pregnant gesture.

At dawn, all sunflowers always face the rising sun, right?

Jerome Besson said...

Re: Ma asks Japan to review the tourist imbalance between Japan and Taiwan

During the CSB years, the number of Japanese tourists in Taiwan was recorded at an average of 300.000 visitors yearly.

That data was the basis for Ma's claim that his administration would bring the number of Chinese tourists to Taiwan to same level.

Presently Taiwan has a surfeit of raucous, uncouth Chinese tourists who keep the Japanese away.

Oh well, the Taiwanese tourism industry sounds definitely like it is in a China mood. As reported by Japanese tourists, "we are all Chinese now," tour guides were overheard blaring.

Yep, Chuuka Taihoku is in. So, why bother?

Anonymous said...

Here is an interesting image for your next article on conflict in Taiwan.

Anonymous said...

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les said...

It happens everywhere. If the destination was popular with Japanese, it will become unattractive to them once the Chinese start showing up in numbers. I cannot imagine the Ma government would not have realized this would happen. The number of Japanese tourists could only fall once the number of Chinese started to rise. It's pretty disingenuous to shoo your guest out the door and then ask why he's leaving.

m said...

I'll add these statistics from your source and another source:

Taiwan Xinhua:

"..tourists from Taiwan to Japan in the first six months of 2014 have been calculated to reach 1.46 million people, while Japanese tourists to Taiwan have only been calculated to reach 780,000.."

Focus Taiwan:

Foreign visitor arrivals soar in first half of 2014

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Foreign visitor arrivals to Taiwan surged 26 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2014 to 4.82 million, the Tourism Bureau said Friday, putting the country on pace to meet its goal of 9 million arrivals for the full year.

South Korean visitors grew at the fastest pace of any nationality during the period, rising 79 percent to 260,000, followed by the Philippines (41 percent) and China (38 percent), the bureau said.

China remained the biggest country of origin of foreign visitors, accounting for 40.7 percent of the total. Some 1.96 million Chinese visited Taiwan between January and June.

The number of inbound travelers from Japan, the second largest source of foreign visitors to Taiwan, rose 20 percent, and visitor numbers from India and other Southeast Asian countries also posted gains.

Taiwan Tourism Bureau has announced a nearly 50 per cent increase in UK visitors in the first five months of 2014. January-May 2014 saw 24,485 visits from UK tourists.

The writing is a bit deceptive.