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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
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發表發表於: 星期三 五月 13, 2009 8:11 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Ma Ying-jeou blames 'victimization complex' for Taiwan's economic downturn in video-conference

Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China in-exile, doesn't care much about history and thinks that a "victimization complex" is to blame for a downturn in Taiwan's economy.

Favoring contemporary geo-politics to the historical record, Ma gave some insight into his thinking recently during a video-conference with a foreign policy think-tank in the United States, the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Ma was critical of the Democratic Progressive Party and the previous administration blaming negative thinking for today's economic slump.

"During the last 8 years from 2000-2008, we have had a lot of time to reflect on what went wrong with the country; especially why Taiwan's economy has slipped as a leading engine for growth in the region."

"One conclusion I draw is that some in our society had been excessively burdened with the legacies of the Civil War and Cold War, while others had been gripped, perhaps too tightly by the so-called 'victimization complex', hoping to break out and change the status quo at all cost."

"Unfortunately, instead of contributing to the advancement of the nation, both mindsets had in truth only disrupted the social harmony at home and incurred tension abroad."

After blaming the "victimization complex" Ma went on to describe his view of geo-politics.

"Since the outset of my administration my focus has been more on Taiwan's geography rather than its history. Geographically speaking, I believe the island of Taiwan is a premium piece of real estate in the world."

Ma explained to the CSIS conference viewers his new overtures to the People's Republic of China.

"For obvious reasons, cross-strait relations occupy a special place in this new geographical perspective….However, since my administration came into office last May, we have set into motion the elements that will not only defuse cross-strait tension, but more importantly embed a new foundation for stability."

"In virtually a few months my administration has transformed 60 years of cross-strait relations to better reflect the needs of our people and realities of changing times."

"These goals are at the heart of my foreign policy calling for 'flexible diplomacy' in which we have taken the first steps towards reconciliation with the Mainland by declaring a diplomatic truce."

What Ma Ying-jeou did not tell the conference was that the "victimization complex" arose because there were thousands of victims of the Republic of China during decades of harsh martial law. Even today, criticism of Ma's regime can result in an unpleasant confrontation with ROC police forces as five students in Tainan recently discovered.

Demonstrations are being planned for the upcoming anniversary of Ma's inauguration, not all in Taiwan are willing to forget history or blame the victims.

For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~topic72211-Taiwan
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發表發表於: 星期四 五月 21, 2009 8:02 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Taiwanese student shuts down Health Dept. news conference over 'Chinese Taipei' label at WHO meeting

A Taiwanese student attending school in Paris made the trip to Geneva, Switzerland with several of her friends to confront Republic of China in-exile's health minister Ching-Chuan Yeh for his attendance at the 62nd World Health Organization Assembly. The students were irate over their homeland being labeled "Chinese Taipei" and let their feelings be known.

Confronting Yeh at a news conference, the planned event quickly turned into bedlam as the student proved the old adage 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'. The entire episode, from Yeh's arrival to his sudden departure, only lasted five minutes but was captured by the international news media and is on its way to becoming a YouTube favorite.

The young student can be heard berating Yeh for the "Chinese Taipei" label in the hallway leading into the news conference. Once inside she took up position at his shoulder and continued her tirade. Yeh folded his hands, gave the student a few rough words, and made a hasty retreat with the student chasing him out of the building where her friends waited with their chants and sign.

The incident showcases the anger that "Chinese Taipei" triggered amongst many Taiwanese concerned that Republic of China in-exile's Ma Ying-jeou is selling out Taiwan to China. Ma has been bragging about his "diplomatic truce" with the People's Republic of China and growing bond with the mainland. Taiwanese independence advocates are concerned that the occupation government of Ma Ying-jeou will forever defeat self-determination for Taiwan.

Taiwan, commonly called Formosa, has been in what U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown has called "political purgatory" since the end of World War II when the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet landed Chinese soldiers on the island in October 1945. Because of Taiwan's unresolved national status it has been denied membership in the World Health Organization and this year was granted permission to attend in an observer status under the label "Chinese Taipei" which provoked the students into the confrontation in Geneva.

The students chose their venue well. Had a similar tactic been tried in Taiwan itself the students would have had unpleasant encounters with uniformed ROC police or unidentified men in black shirts like those that attacked five students outside a temple in Taiwan that Ma Ying-jeou was recently visiting

The incident and controversy over "Chinese Taipei" has been the subject of discussion at Ma's old school, Harvard University. At Harvard's medical school the WHO label generated strong opinions. One Harvard commentator provided his perspective on the "Chinese Taipei" flap.

"Too much has been diverted to the issue of what name should be used for Taiwan in this World Health Assembly. The more important fact is that Taiwan's invitation from the WHO this year is the result of secret negotiations between KMT [Taiwan's ruling political party] and CCP [People's Republic of China], not the result of WHO's own initiative as WHO has clearly stated in its press material, and the invitation is an unprecedented one-time event. No other WHO Observers need either China's approval for an invitation or have been invited on a yearly basis."

"It is not hard to imagine China telling Minister Yeh implicitly that if Taiwan wants to pursue legal compensations for contaminated dairy products, then Taiwan will not be invited to WHA next year. It does not take a genius to know how Ma Ying-jeou will respond to such a blackmail. This is a simple example that the erosion of Taiwan sovereignty has huge impact on economic/health issues as well."

Meanwhile the student at the center of the storm is being both praised and condemned. One commentator has called her a "headless barbarian" while others admire her courage.
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發表發表於: 星期五 五月 22, 2009 3:23 pm    文章主題: Re: Michael Richardson 專欄 引言回覆

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經過北美洲教授協會的介紹, 發現了一位在美國波士頓地區有一位經常為台灣出聲的記者, Michael Richardson 先生. Mr. Richardson 說两年前他在研究美國 Territory Law 時意外發現了林志昇先生的控美案, 從此引發了他對台灣這塊土地的感情. 他說他的讀者, 他的台美好友向他細述台灣歷史, 228 慘案更讓他決定要國際對台灣人權的重視.

Mr. Richardson 的文章可在
http://www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~topic72211-Taiwan?selstate=topcat
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Micahel Richardson Bio (生平簡介)

Michael Richardson is a freelance journalist and independent political consultant. Richardson writes about progressive issues, politics and election law. Richardson is also working on a book about the FBI and the Black Panthers.


有一點要提醒,
Mr. Michael Richardson所屬的Examiner.com不是專業新聞單位,而是業餘地區新聞網站,Examiner.com在美國屬於startup或創投公司,
Examiner.com招了很多地方「專欄作家」叫Examiner,他們的收入微薄不定,Examiner.com給Examiner的報酬是每觀千次給$2.50,所以post一篇文章可能只賺美金五分,
希望美屬派不要利用Mr. Michael Richardson的文章,吹嘘募款,
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註冊時間: 2007-03-25
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發表發表於: 星期五 五月 22, 2009 11:18 pm    文章主題: Re: Michael Richardson 專欄 引言回覆

Mr. Michael Richardson 為台灣寫文章在國際間發聲,每篇文章收入不到5分,竟然被拿來大寫特寫,連他所屬的工作單位,也要被拿來嘲笑一番,這是什麼心態?

我們南方管理員、時事評論作家都是志工,沒有半點酬勞,是不是也會被你嘲笑個半死!

美屬派你們就盡量用他的文章、散發他的文章吧,你能募多少錢,那是你們的本事,能幫台灣多少忙,就儘量去做吧!

美屬派,加油!

現在我有一種想法:誰再把刀子往自己人身上猛砍,誰就是敵人,事情就這麼簡單,不必想太多!
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註冊時間: 2007-03-25
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發表發表於: 星期六 五月 23, 2009 7:20 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

捐錢﹖城裡FAPA的年輕代表跟我講只要講到錢, 都很難. 上次Freddy來演講, 人以本城來講也就這麼多. 每個人出一百也沒多少錢, 連吃飯睡覺交通我看也剛剛好而已. 我建議FAPA帶他晚上出去稍微觀光, 但我看大概也有限, 都累了, 幾個小時能看什麼? 第二天又要趕路.

結果我沒看到很多人拿出來的樣子, 我也不好意思問. 因為也是有人負責全場的便當, 不是大家都小氣. Freddy這樣跑能賺錢, 林爸頭斬給你.

在熱汗網站一個漢奸跑到泰國, 困在當地, 熱汗發起樂捐, 我看也是凶多吉少, 就是少部份人出點力, 要救他, 得他自己想辦法.

沒錯, 要人家從口袋掏錢出來是很難的. 講得好像美屬弄了幾百萬一樣. 美屬再如何, 不須要一定要置其於死地, 這種動機不知為何. 我看美屬要真的能募到大錢, 那才真的臺灣有救了. 現在於談話性節目, 都在講維護“臺灣”主權, 這點就須要美屬來幫忙. 只要還是中華民國流亡政府, 維護個屁!!! 明明是中華民國, 卻又合理化中國臺北, 中國臺灣. 又臺灣是中華民國等等無數虛幻無比的論述, 正常人不發瘋也難. 但臺灣人很多甘之如貽, 臺灣派須要開始認真面對中華民國要如何處置. 只是重(流亡體制下)選舉, 一定時不我予, 只是看如何被併吞而已.

如果不是美國同意下的代理佔領, 那就變成非法佔領. 戰後臺灣主權從未有任何條約來設定. 從這裡來終結流亡政府才對.

但美屬也拜託不要再說什麼那是主流媒體了, 光是這麼一個老美流暢的寫作, 網路上存在就是很好的幫助, 老美寫的英文老美才看得順. 吹噓過度, 讓我們這些支持者很難堪, 也開始厭惡那些吹噓的人.
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註冊時間: 2007-09-22
文章: 1909

發表發表於: 星期六 五月 23, 2009 8:48 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

sunshine 寫到:
在此要特別澄清一件事, Mr. Richardson 不是美屬派. 他亦不知道他的文章被有心人士操作, 他以後會特別注意
以下是他的回言
"My guiding principle is self-determination for Taiwan..

I do not care if the Taiwanese want to become a 51st state of USA, an independent nation, or a province of China. I just want the Taiwanese people to have the freedom to choose freely.


這應該很清楚吧


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因為本欄為 Mr. Richardson 的專欄, 且原初此版 (Formosa Connection) 的用意是讓大家有可以看國際友人對台灣政治的看法. 但因為美屬派蝶衣用了許多 Mr. Richardson 的文章, 許多人誤以為 Mr. Richardson 是美屬. 蝶衣亦有回應証實 Mr. Richardson 和美屬沒有關係. 因為是專欄我已將所有不是回應 Mr. Richardson 文章的全删了,
這欄的主要目的是讓台灣人民, 海外鄉親, 非母語人士能用英文互相溝通, 或是看看外國朋友們是怎麼看台灣的.
因為不想讓焦點糢糊, 非回 Mr Richardson 文的 feed back, 經討論後全刪了. Mr. Richardson 願意回應對他文章有suggestion 的網友, 但請勿將他專欄拿來行銷或當戰場, 這樣辜負了 Mr. Richardson 的原意. 謝謝

Messenger, 東海, Passover 大都沒異議, 請 Johnchen 大偌若不是要直接回應 Mr Richardson 的文章內容, 對美屬有意見, 一般討論區蝶衣有一欄.
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發表發表於: 星期六 五月 23, 2009 8:51 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

International scholars and diplomats write joint letter to Ma Ying-jeou critical of his first year

Twenty-six international scholars and diplomats co-signed an open letter to Ma Ying-jeou critical of his first year as President of the Republic of China in-exile. Scholars from seven countries and the former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, Nat Bellocchi, put their names on the line for Taiwan.

The letter is the fourth such group letter to Ma from the academic community. In January, the scholars wrote Ma concerned about the fairness of the judicial system. The concerns were not addressed by Ma and were repeated in the new letter.

"We raise these issues as international supporters of Taiwan's democracy who care deeply about the country and its future as a free and democratic nation-state."

"We reiterate that any alleged corruption must be investigated, but emphasize that the judicial process needs to be scrupulously fair and impartial. In the case of the former president, it is evident that the prosecution is heavily tainted by political bias, and that the former president is being treated baldly out of spite for the political views and positions he took during his presidency. Such retribution does not bode well for a young and fragile democracy, as Taiwan is."

"The second issue we feel we need to highlight is press freedom….there continues to be reports of impingement on press freedom by your administration."

"Mr. President, as international scholars and writers who have followed Taiwan's impressive transition to democracy during the past two decades, we know the sensitivity in Taiwan on the issue of relations with China. Rapprochement needs to be carried out in a way that ensures that the achievements of the democratic movement are safeguarded, that the political divide within Taiwan is reduced and that Taiwan's sovereignty, human rights and democracy are protected and strengthened."

"We have also seen a further polarization in society due to the lack of transparency and democratic checks and balances. Many observers believe that the rapprochement with China has occurred at the expense of Taiwan's sovereignty, democracy and freedoms. To some, the judicial practices and police behavior toward those who criticize your policies are even reminiscent of the dark days of martial law."

"Mr. President, we appeal to you to take measures that alleviate these concerns. A first step would be to initiate and implement reforms in the judicial system that safeguard human rights of the accused and ensure a fair trial. A second step would be to guarantee complete press freedom, and instill in those engaged in the media the determination to live up to the highest standards."

"Thirdly, rapprochement with China needs to be brought about in such a way that the people of Taiwan have a full say in determine their future as a free and democratic nation. Closed-door deals that bring Taiwan increasingly into China's sphere of influence are detrimental to Taiwan's future and undermine the democratic fabric of society."


For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~topic72211-Taiwan
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發表發表於: 星期一 五月 25, 2009 8:55 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Was calling Taiwan 'Chinese Taipei' at World Health Assembly Hillary's idea? (在 WHA 稱台灣為中華台北是希拉蕊的 idea 嗎?)


The recent controversy over Taiwan's attendance at the 62nd World Health Assembly under the name 'Chinese Taipei' has triggered protests against the Republic of China in-exile administration of Ma Ying-jeou. Ma is accused of secretly dealing with the People's Republic of China which has threatened the island with military invasion.

Chinese director of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, would not have sent out the one-time observer invitation to Taiwan without the approval of China, however a focus on Chinese-Taiwanese negotiations avoids dealing with the elephant in the room, the United States.

The clue to the 'Chinese Taipei' invitation is found in Washington, D.C. In January, when she was undergoing confirmation hearings to be Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was asked about Taiwan's participation in the WHO Assembly.

Taiwan's exclusion from WHO because of the longstanding "strategic ambiguity" over Taiwan's unresolved nationhood following World War II led to much international criticism from the medical community following the outbreak of the SARS epidemic. The Swine Flu scare currently cancelling schools and reducing international travel gave the dispute a fresh urgency.

Clinton, under the glare of the television lights, told members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that, "I believe the U.S. should work with Taiwan to correct the situation."

As Clinton's first confirmation pledge came due with the WHO Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland in mid-May, Hillary no doubt felt pressure to deliver on her promise. The compromise would be a good litmus test of the viability of leaving the "Taiwan question" unanswered.

If Clinton did reach out to Ma to keep her confirmation hearing promise, she did so secretly because Clinton snubbed Taiwan on her Asian tour. Neither Clinton nor President Barack Obama have responded to U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown who said Taiwan suffers in "political purgatory" because of the intentional ambiguity of American foreign policy.

Judge Brown was joined by two of her colleagues in declaring the "political purgatory" and vowing to act "expeditiously" to resolve the matter once President Obama identified the sovereign. The three judges of the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals were considering a lawsuit, Roger C.S. Lin, et al vs. United States, to compel American compliance with the San Francisco Peace Treaty which ended World War II and where Formosa was to be allowed self-determination.

Instead of self-determination, Taiwan suffered under four decades of harsh martial law imposed by the U.S. occupation proxy, the Republic of China in-exile, now called 'Chinese Taipei' by the World Health Organization.

Is 'Chinese Taipei' how Hillary delivered her confirmation pledge?
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發表發表於: 星期三 五月 27, 2009 8:37 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Boston's Stephen Bosworth to tackle North Korea A-bomb while Taiwan slides toward Chinese control

North Korea's nuclear saber rattling has put President Barack Obama's laid-back Asian foreign policy on the backburner as an underground atomic bomb test and three missile tests escalate the threat to Asian security to a flashpoint.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dispatched Boston's Stephen Bosworth, dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, to be special envoy to North Korea to advise her and President Obama on a course of action.

While political observers praise Bosworth for his calmness and laud his approach to end ambiguity with North Korea, the scholar-diplomat is in no hurry to end the 'strategic ambiguity' over Taiwan.

Bosworth told the Boston Globe that America's ambiguity with North Korea has sent a confused message to the Communist dictatorship. Bosworth said "there was a certain lack of clarity on both sides as to what the other's goals were."

However, ambiguity and a lack of clarity do not seem to be a problem to Obama and Clinton when it comes to Taiwan, where 64 years of ambiguity has led to what U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown has called "political purgatory."

Bosworth, one of President Bill Clinton's ambassadors, has written and lectured about both North Korea and Taiwan. In an academic paper titled "Dancing with Giants" Bosworth is candid about the need for the United States to work with China and the possible consequences to Taiwan.

"In terms of American foreign policy, some things have not changed in East Asia, including the two most important items. One is the continuing problem of Taiwan, the Taiwan Straits and the future of China's relationship with that wandering province. The second is the problem of North Korea, where we have what is in effect our third nuclear crisis in the last decade and a half."

"Those are two problems that almost everyone in East Asia agrees will continue to attract U.S. attentions. There is a general feeling in East Asia that neither of these two problems can be effectively managed without the concerted attention and engagement of the United States."

"With Taiwan, of course, the problem is that for the last couple of decades we have always hoped and assumed that this problem would cure itself, largely through economic integration. The thinking held that as Taiwan's economy became more and more tied into mainland China, the prospect of conflict over the future of Taiwan would diminish. In some measure, I am still confident that is the case. But there is no question that the emergence of democracy in Taiwan has significantly complicated this issue. Not surprisingly, Taiwan believes that it should have the same chance to pursue its destiny that other countries have had."

"The more time that goes by, the more unlikely it is that Taiwan would ever be able to have more autonomy than it has now; in fact its autonomy may well diminish over time as China's power grows, as the two economies become increasingly interdependent, and as the rest of the world comes to accept the reality that Taiwan is a province of China."

As Bosworth begins his diplomatic effort to isolate North Korea and put pressure on them to disarm he will be looking for help from China--help that may only come at the expense of Taiwan.


For more info: www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~topic72211-Taiwan
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發表發表於: 星期三 五月 27, 2009 4:27 pm    文章主題: 引言回覆

Mr. Michael Richardson 不精中文,竟然能有如此神通,比在台灣人了解台灣政治時事,真是神奇,
這位美國人竟能夠寫出台式"Republic of China in-exile."真是奇妙,
美國人是不可能看懂這些文章內容,若用心查証,可以找出這些文章的文筆源自某網站,
說穿了,這些文章的對象和目的只是針對某些台灣人和錢而己,不是真正為台灣人在國際上發聲,
在美國各界支持台灣人是很多的,實在不需要如此粗糙安排,
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發表發表於: 星期四 五月 28, 2009 7:10 am    文章主題: 引言回覆

Wellesley College graduate was 'Emperoress of China' and plotted Formosa takeover in WWII

Madame Chiang Kai-shek was wife of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the Nationalist dictator of the Republic of China who lost the Chinese civil war in 1949 and fled to exile on Formosa.

Soong May-ling and her two sisters were the richest and most powerful women in China before the Communist revolution. Soong Ai-ling, the oldest, married the richest man in China, the finance minister of the corrupt Kuomintang government. Soong Ching-ling, the middle sister, married Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China and Chiang Kai-shek's predecessor. Soong May-ling married Chiang after he divorced and changed his religion to have her and she would thereafter be known as Madame Chiang.

Madame Chiang made the cover of Time magazine twice, spoke to both houses of Congress to rousing ovations, attracted crowds of tens of thousands in the United States and spoke English with a Georgia accent where she lived as a girl.

Described as the original 'Dragon Lady' the stylish and powerful Madame Chiang once said, "The only thing Oriental about me is my face." More than a trophy wife the shrewd First Lady was translator and political advisor for Chiang Kai-shek.

Madame Chiang's speeches to Congress in 1943 were followed later in the year by her attendance at the Cairo Conference where her husband was meeting with Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. It was at the Cairo Conference that Chiang announced his wish to claim Formosa as war booty from the Japanese.

Winston Churchill was not happy at the development and wrote in his autobiography that both Chiangs were regarded as "wicked and corrupt reactionaries."

"The talks of the British and American Staffs were sadly distracted by the Chinese story, which was lengthy, complicated and minor….All hope of persuading Chiang and his wife to go and see the Pyramids and enjoy themselves till we returned from Tehran fell to the ground, with the result that Chinese business occupied first instead of last place at Cairo."

As Chiang spoke no English and needed a translator Madame Chiang attended the conference in a black satin dress with the skirt slit up the side and took over negotiations from the official translators. Madame Chiang, according a British aide kept the men distracted by shifting positions and flashing her bare leg while chain-smoking British cigarettes.

During World War II the United States kept propping up Chiang's government, first because of the Japanese and then because of the Communists. One of Roosevelt's ploys to keep a leash on Chiang was to send his 1940 Republican election opponent, Wendell Wilkie, to visit with the Chiangs. Gardner Cowles, publisher of the Des Moines Register accompanied Wilkie and told the story of Madame Chiang's lust for world domination in a biography of Chiang by Jonathan Fenby, Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the China he Lost.

Madame Chiang told Wilkie he had a "disturbing influence" on her and that night Wilkie asked Cowles to stand in for him at a reception while he spent the night with her. Wilkie returned at 4:00 a.m. and declared he was in love and wanted to take Madame Chiang back to Washington with him. Cowles reminded Wilkie that his wife would be waiting at the airport so Wilkie had Cowles deliver the bad news. Madame Chiang did not take the new message with good cheer and deeply scratched Cowles' face with her long fingernails.

Two months later on a New York visit Madame Chiang told Cowles, "If Wendell could be elected, then he and I would rule the world. I would rule the Orient and Wendell would rule the western world."

Madame Chiang did not get to rule the world and was driven from China but did succeed in gaining Taiwan as war booty as she planned in 1943.



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Bosworth spells trouble for Taiwan as Obama seeks Red China's help with North Korea A-bomb


President Barack Obama's special envoy to North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, is dean of Boston's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Ambassador to South Korea under President Bill Clinton, Bosworth is of the Kissinger school of geopolitics where notions of pragmatism trump human rignts.

On the surface, Bosworth seems like a good choice to deal with the recent belligerent behavior of North Korea including an underground nuclear test, a long-range missile test, and five short-range missile tests. However, as the United States seeks help from Red China to corral its renegade nuclear neighbor, Bosworth's longstanding views on Taiwan signal trouble for the island.

Taiwan's slide to control by the People's Republic of China after six decades of "strategic ambiguity" as the Republic of China in-exile has accelerated recently. Taiwanese athletes must compete under the name 'Chinese Taipei' for the Olympic trials. 'Chinese Taipei' is also a label that the World Health Organization now uses for Taiwan. The WHO designation comes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's confirmation pledge to get an observer status for Taiwan at the World Health Assembly.

In June 2006, at a Boston conference of the Federal Reserve Bank on international issues, Bosworth delivered a paper where he called Taiwan a "rambling province" and talked of the "reality that Taiwan is a province of China."

While Bosworth's understanding of Taiwan is at odds with the historical record, his view is consistent with Henry Kissinger's geopolitical approach that democracy and human rights should take second place in international diplomacy to pragmatic decisions.

Bosworth elaborated on his opinion of Taiwan and China in September 2006 in a think-tank article of the Pacific Forum. Bosworth's article was titled, "U.S. Interests in a Changing Asia" and outlined his thoughts on Taiwan.

"[T]he U.S. should continue to provide leadership in dealing with legacy issues of the Cold War, namely Taiwan and North Korea. As much as the East Asia outlook has changed, these flashpoints could shatter the optimistic predictions for the region. The U.S. has to remain actively and deeply involved in managing these issues."

"Taiwan's desire for recognition is natural given its political and economic success, but it just isn't going to happen. The tide of history is running against the island. I am especially concerned because Taiwan is being left out of the process of regional integration. Economic integration across the strait is proceeding, but Taiwan is marginalized from regional political discussions."

"The reality is that as China's role and influence grows, it is harder for Taiwan to find international space. China has a growing ability to punish countries that recognize Taiwan."

"Still, Taiwanese attempts to change the existing relationship will provoke a sharp response from Beijing. I have a positive outlook for Taiwan in the medium term. At some point, a compromise will be acceptable for both sides."

"I hope that economic integration will provide a solution. The likelihood of conflict is not high but it cannot be ruled out. The U.S. must remain actively engaged, but not just to deter China, but to make sure that the Taiwanese understand reality and don't do something fundamentally stupid. That has become more difficult as Taiwan becomes more democratic and the U.S. cannot act in a preemptory fashion. Most Taiwanese understand that the current situation is in Taiwan's interest."


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Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou has hotel room check-in with 8 members of Congress in Los Angeles

Republic of China in-exile President Ma Ying-jeou held unannounced talks with eight powerful members of Congress in Los Angeles during a stopover visit to the United States on his trip to Central America.

Taiwan News broke the story, which was confirmed by Ma's spokesperson Wang Yu-chi who identified Ma's congressional contacts during the U.S. stopover. Ma met with some in person and talked with others on the phone.

The most prominent politician was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona. The congressional callers were in sharp contrast to the silent treatment by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who snubbed Ma, bypassing the island on her recent Asian tour.

Members of Congress that spoke in person or by phone with Ma besides John McCain were Senator Max Baucus [D-MT], Senator Kit Bond [R-Mo], Representative Robert Wexler [D-FL], Representative Shelley Berkley [D-NV], Representative Chris Van Hollen [D-MD], Representative Howard Berman [D-CA], and David Dreier [R-CA].

Obama's silence on Taiwan follows a recent court decision where U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown declared the longstanding "strategic ambiguity" over Taiwan's unresolved national status to be "political purgatory" and urged Obama to act "expeditiously" to resolve the matter.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, according KMT legislator Justin Chou, the topics of discussion were an extradition agreement between Taiwan and the United States, visa-free visits of Taiwanese tourists to America, the purchase of advanced F-16 jet fighters, and a free-trade agreement. Taiwan News further reported that members of Congress were interested in the status of cross-strait relations with the People's Republic of China, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the sale of American beef.

Ma's visit did spark protests with protestors declaring they were Taiwanese not Chinese.

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One of the most outspoken members of Congress, Ed Royce [R-CA] apparently missed the hotel fete but did attend a banquet in Ma's honor the night before he departed Los Angeles. While none of the members of Congress mentioned Ma Ying-jeou on their official websites, Royce has written a snappy entry on North Korea on his "Political Intrigue" blog where he rejects a U.S.-China deal to contain North Korea

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Here is a video of a speech I gave in Los Angeles on "America's Unfinished Business" where I discuss the failure of 12 American presidents to protect the right of self-determination for Taiwan.

http://www.taiwanmultimedia.com/film/FNLSA20090606.wmv


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Human rights activists give Republic of China in-exile's Ma Ying-jeou a message in Seattle


Republic of China in-exile President Ma Ying-jeou may have been sleepless in Seattle on a stopover of his return flight to Taiwan from Central America. Human rights demonstrators gave Ma something more than just a warm welcome as 200 chanting, sign-toting citizens protested against ROC rule of Taiwan.

The trip to Central America was to shore up the ROC standing in the international community where most nations do not recognize Ma's government. Ma visited Guatemala, Belize and Salvador where he was treated to a hero's welcome and doled out foreign aid to keep the small nations' recognition.

The People's Republic of China has been steadily eroding support for the ROC in the international community with trade arrangements and other forms of aid. In 2007, China managed to pull Costa Rica away from the ROC exile government and Ma's trip was to shore up other countries in the region.

During Ma's Central American tour, he managed to get a half-minute conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who has thus far shunned Ma's government in public. Ma briefly introduced himself as the president of Taiwan during a quick reception handshake.

While in Los Angeles Ma could ignore protestors because of careful planning that planted a supportive crowd at the hotel entrance where he was staying. However, in Seattle a different sort of crowd waited with signs, chants, shouts, and a bullhorn.

Approximately 200 demonstrators waited for Ma passing out handbills and getting friendly honks from passing motorists. When Ma's entourage arrived at the hotel he was forced to disembark his car just feet from the noisy demonstrators. In Taiwan, such boisterous conduct would have been kept back with cordons of police and mysterious men in black T-shirts that seem to accompany Ma at his public appearances.

Recently in Tainan five students where attacked, in view of Ma, outside a temple. Instead of protecting the student protestors, police joined the black-shirted assailants and hauled the students away. No one has been arrested for the attack on the students despite the assault being caught on film.

In April, U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote that Taiwan was suffering in "political purgatory" in a lawsuit to interpret the San Francisco Peace Treaty where Japan ceded Taiwan to United States authority.

In May, the ROC government of Ma sent observers to the World Health Assembly as representatives of 'Chinese Taipei' in a move that has spawned a new round of criticism of Ma's administration. Already Ma has seen four massive demonstrations against his government in his first year in office and now the protests have spread to the United States.

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