Olympic Games and Taiwan: Still Confusing

According an article on today Taipei Times, Cheerleading Squad for Taiwan captain Yang Hui-ju and her companion were refused entry to China at the Beijing airport yesterday and forced to return to Taiwan.

Why?

I have no idea…

An excerpt:

Yang said the airport police asked her why she was visiting China, to which she responded: “I’ve come to cheer for Taiwan.”

The police asked Yang how many matches she would attend to cheer for Taiwan and she replied “maybe seven or eight games.”

“Why cheer at so many games?” the police responded, Yang said.

After an hour of questioning, Yang said the airport police said “higher-ups” had “ordered” that she and her friend be sent back immediately. They were put on a flight to Hong Kong.

Editorial Cartoon from today’s Taipei Times

 

Do you see the ridiculous side of this situation?

Any link with the fact that she campaigned last year for the DPP presidential candidate?

Maybe… Who knows?

The Taiwanese cabinet is basing its strategy on the “diplomacy truce”. Until now, Taiwan side gave up a lot but… where is the “goodwill” from the other side?

Beside, there are some other confusing stuffs. The Chinese president welcomed the Taiwanese team to obtain medals on the “home field” when meeting with the chairman of the KMT, who by the way did not seem to correct it.

Later, this same chairman told to the Taiwanese baseball’s team that they will enjoy an “home field” advantage.

I don’t know what does it mean…

Or does it mean that for him, China and Taiwan are one and only one country – home?

What do you think?

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7 Responses

  1. China, and their goddamn politician manipulation of the Olympic games, make me want to puke. The twisted f**ks should never have been awarded the privilege to host the games.

  2. of course for them Taiwan and China are the same country. They just cannot say it out loud. There is an expression in Taiwanese saying that “going for the bigger side”, which means bigger is better. There are some people in Taiwan who really wanna be part of China, since they have become a strong country now (in a way). They want all the advantages to be in a part of a big country. And these are those who are in power now. drives me crazy but… that’s democracy. Say if the majority of the people in Taiwan decides to be part of China, it will be then. I can only pray it would never happen, at least not in my life time.

  3. Someone said one day that we deserve the politician we vote for…

  4. As Taiwanese, I don’t agree with Jo’s comment. Actually the majority of Taiwanese are NOT happy with Ma and KMT China leaning policy at all. In a survey, nearly 70% of Taiwanese expressed either anxiety or anger about it. KMT’s a*se kissing does NOT represent Taiwanese’ wishes.

    International media are biased against Taiwan and lean towards China. I don’t think they always present the true picture of what Taiwanese really want.

    During election, Ma promised that he would not go for unification with China and gained trust. Now, a lot of people regretted.

  5. Claudia, several of my Taiwanese friends are regretting too. But I think it’s too early to know if it will be a strong trend or not… especially after the story concerning the former president and the money wired abroad…
    I think very soon, more news will show up…

  6. Hi fvarga,

    I think this thing will be clearer on 30 August when the protest takes place. The news about Chen is undoubtedly a big blow and I don’t excuse Chen for what he did. However, it is obvious the KMT is using this as a smoke screen to divert public attention. If you see how those KMT MPs work so hard to persuade people not to protest on 30 August, you’ll wonder why they are so hung up about it. Whatever Chen did does not improve people’s lives, the economy or the fact that Ma is selling out Taiwan’s sovereignty.

    If you read the polling data, even the highest satisfaction rate is 47%, which was done on the same day Chen’s news broke out (sneaky, eh?). Compared to 58% of support on the election day, then it means at the very least, 11% have changed their mind. Transferring into the number of legitimate voters, that would be almost 1500000 voters. Please bear in mind that the survey before that showed his satisfaction rating as 27%. That would be 3900000 voters.

  7. I think you made a good point Claudia

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