Gerrit van der Wees passed this around:

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We hereby let you know that the next issue of Taiwan Communique — no. 108 — is off the press.

Below is the table of contents. You can find the full issue in PDF format on our website at www.taiwandc.org/twcom

Happy reading, and don’t forget to look at the excellent cartoons, courtesy the Taipei Times.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Best regards,

Gerrit van der Wees
Editor, Taiwan Communique

CONTENTS Taiwan Communique no. 108

April 2006

National Unification Council RIP

President Chen axes a dysfunctional relic ……….. 1

Letter to President Bush by FAPA President Lee …… 2

Is the US asleep at the wheel? by the Taipei Times .. 4

Where does Mr. Ma Ying-jeou’s loyalty lie? ………… 6

What “status quo” is the US preserving? by Iris Ho …. 8

The Taiwan arms budget stalemate drags on

The KMT fails to move ………………………… 12

Ma Ying-jeou characteristically vague ………….. 12

The submarine issue surfaces again …………….. 13

China in the Quadrennial Defense Review ………… 14

Mr. Hu Jintao comes to Washington

Let history not repeat itself by Kin-ming Liu …… 16

Report from Washington

Towards a US-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement ……….. 18

Congress pushes for high-level visits ………….. 20

Book review

Forbidden Nation by Jonathan Manthorpe …………. 21