Taiwan: CECA, FTA, etc…

My previous post was about the CECA project: the new president and his political party are pushing for a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with China.

I saw today on Michael Turton’s blog this hilarious cartoon:

Very funny!



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Taiwan: China and the CECA

The new president and his political party are pushing for a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with China.

According the noise, it seems that not all agree with this move.

Can we consider this “project” as a pure economic one?

If my memory doesn’t fail me, the Chinese president in his speech concerning China and Taiwan, said (end of last year):

As long as the ‘one China’ principle is recognized by both sides … we can discuss anything

Maybe I misunderstood, but the CECA is part of “anything”, right?

So, does it means that CECA includes “reunification” for the actual party in charge in Taiwan?

Anyway, no details of the possible project are provided by the president office or the political party in charge except the latter is pushing very hard.

For what?

Just for the sake of a CECA?

Knowing the fact that China will only sign under a “one China” principle?


Are you surprised?

Why am I not?


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Taiwan: Too Much?

The son of the former president decided to move, with his family, from Taipei city to Kaohsiung city, maybe to start a new life, far away from the capital and the legal case involving his parents.

Anyway, it should not be our business, right?

Obviously, the local KMT does not like it:

PHOTO: CNA in today’s Taipei Times

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Kaohsiung City Councilor Wang Ling-chiao collects signatures at her office yesterday for a petition against former president Chen Shui-bian’s son, Chen Chih-chung, moving to Kaohsiung.

Don’t you think that is too much?

What do they want?

The real trial against his father did not even start yet…

By the way, why does this councilor wear gloves? Papers are too dirty?


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Taiwan: China and Its Spies

It is well documented that Chinese espionage is becoming rampant and is a major threat for many countries including of course Taiwan.

How many times have we seen reports about China spying on Taiwan?

Countless Taiwanese have been for example blackmailed to force them revealing any kind of data.

Anyway, that is not new and everybody knows it.

My point is not about that.

A Taiwanese newspaper  reported yesterday (see Taipei Times) that the Ministry of Justice had suggested offering a maximum of TWD15 million (USD430,000) to people who report suspected Chinese spying.

Why not? I am not shocked by that.

But the Ministry denied such an offering…

And do you know what? The funny part is that (according the same newspaper) KMT Legislator Wu Ching-Chih (and maybe much more other KMT legislators) disagreed, saying such a move might harm cross-strait relations.

Can you believe that?

China can do whatever it wants to do, but “let’s do nothing to not displease China”…



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China Defends Mugabe

I believe you know who is Mugabe: the president of Zimbabwe, the country with inflation world record, cholera, malnutrition etc etc etc…

Beside, he is a well-known dictator and he is banned from traveling to the US or the EU.

But obviously, he is welcome to buy a USD 5 million house in Hong Kong.

Here is the picture of this house in Hong Kong’s Tai Po district:

PHOTO: AFP in Taipei Times

For China, it doesn’t matter that because him, all the population of Zimbabwe is suffering and the fact he is a dictator has no meaning for the Chinese government: a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman in Beijing (in yesterday’s South China Morning Post) defended the rights of Mugabe…

But if you remember the political strategy of China in Africa…

See for example in Soudan…

Are you surprised?

I am not…


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Taiwan: Do We Really Have The Right People?

We all remember what the Minister of Justice said or did about the legal case concerning the former president.

Her blunders are also remembered, especially during one of her visits in prison.

We could think that maybe she is not up to this position in the government.

But she is not alone.

What’s about the Minister of Economic Affairs?

After his prediction last year that the TAIEX would top 10,000 and even hit 20,000 (sic), he doesn’t seem to have learned anything about speaking with caution, according the today’s Taipei Times:


With Valentine’s Day approaching, the minister on Friday wished employees of ProMOS Technologies Inc a sweet lovers’ day. The greeting seemed innocuous enough, but given ProMOS’ circumstances and the minister’s position, it set the market abuzz with rumors and speculation.
ProMOS, a cash-strapped manufacturer of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, has been seeking NT$5 billion (US$147 million) in emergency loans to help it repay US$330 million in overseas convertible bonds that will mature on Tuesday




The minister’s reply was: “I feel that tomorrow — Valentine’s Day — will be a good time.”
When reporters asked him whether his remark was an indication ProMOS was about to secure the much-needed cash from banks, Yiin replied with a smile: “Don’t you think I have given you the answer?”


Right away, his ambiguous answer sent ProMOS shares soaring at the trade limit on Friday, with the daily transaction volume jumping three times its normal volume to more than 180 million shares.

Financial regulations strictly prohibit listed companies and insiders from spreading rumors or distributing unconfirmed information as this could strongly influence share prices or become a tool for market manipulation.

I think it is exactly what this minister did…

Anyway, the President seems to take strange decisions too, by cutting annual live-fire military drills to once every two years and reducing its defense budget for this year.

In the mean time, China increased the number of missiles aiming at Taiwan by more than 200 during the last few months.

Some experts said yesterday (HERE) that now, China is threatening Taiwan with more than 1,500 missiles…

As Michael Turton wrote, ” I do believe in pandas… I do believe in pandas… I do believe in pandas…”



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Coca Cola: A New Competitor from India

Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India’s Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine.

The oldest oldest Hindu nationalist group in India, fighting against the “western corrupted products” such as cola and movies, has found the answer…


Your new vending machine…

Want to read more?

Have a look HERE and HERE

What can I add?



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