and the answer is: very. How many of you out there were aware that the New Party of Taiwan has a delegation visiting the Chinese city of Dalian (thanks to the sharp eyes at ESWN for spotting this one)? How many of you really give a damn? What is the New Party doing there?

Yok Mu-ming, chairman of the New Party in Taiwan in southeast China, waves to people upon his arrival in Dalian, a coastal city in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, July 8, 2005. Yok and his 30-member New Party delegation arrived in Dalian July 8 for the third leg of their mainland visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the victory of China’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

The Taipei Times reported this scintillating bit of theatre in a Taiwan Quick Take. The idea of the New Party being taken seriously in China grows more comic when you consider the last couple of news items involving that Party. There was former legislator and New Party stalwart Elmer Fung being convicted of raping his maid last week, while a couple of weeks ago New Party founder, and now independent legislator Li Ao said that he had a CIA document showing Chen Shui-bian faked his own shooting.