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US Weapons Give Taiwan Confidence to Seek Peace with China

A moment of silence for Bo Yang, the famed mainlander writer, critic, and gadfly jailed under the KMT, who died yesterday at the age of 88, of lung disease. If you haven’t laughed your way through his satirical collection of writing on Chinese culture called The Ugly Chinaman, you should….(Wiki on Bo Yang)
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Therese Shaheen Profiled

Therese Shaheen, former director of our officially unofficial representative body in Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), is the subject of an article in Mercury News….

n the world’s diplomatic stage, politically isolated Taiwan has scant influence. But in the global tech economy, the island of 23 million is a heavyweight, said former senior State [...]

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US says Siew did say nutcase things to Burghardt

I had some trouble believing that KMT Vice Presidential candidate Vincent Siew would meet with Raymond Burghardt, Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), our officially unofficial representative body here in Taiwan, and tell Burghardt all kinds of crazy things about what the DPP was planning to do, but confirmation arrived yesterday from both [...]

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Taiwan-US relations stalled by who?

Who causes all the trouble in US-Taiwan relations? According Kathrin Hille of the Financial Times, whose reports on Taiwan have been colored by a strong anti-Chen streak (for example), it is our old pal Mad Chen© (”Watch out! He can start a war at any moment!”). First she briefs us on President Chen’s pledge not [...]

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AIT Hosts Free Flicks

Had a good time at The Shannon on the 12th, thanks to all the new faces for coming out….hope to see more of you next time. Jerome Keating sent this around about AIT’s film programs
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Those that were there at Shannon’s enjoyed Franc X. Shelton’s informative presentation on the challenges and roles of AIT in [...]

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US Double Standard on the Taiwan weapons purchase

Veteran military correspondent Wendell Minnick chronicles accusations that the US has a double standard on the Taiwan weapons purchase:
Young also criticized Taiwan’s recent announcement that it is developing a land-attack cruise missile (LACM) capable of hitting China.”The United States feels that the focus should be on defensive, and not offensive, weapons. … In fact, we [...]

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When will the US get serious about selling Taiwan weapons?

Yesterday AIT head Steve Young joined the ongoing parade of US officials criticizing the island for not buying US weapons….
The Legislative Yuan has been using a “series of domestic excuses” to explain away its inability to pass the arms procurement bill, a senior U.S. official in Taiwan said yesterday, stressing that both the opposition [...]

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Jazz Appreciation Month at AIT.

We didn’t have much of a winter this year, but it doesn’t seem to want to let go! If you want an escape from the Soviet-bloc weather we’ve been having, Jerome Keating informs us that Tuesday, April 10, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), as part of its cultural outreach, is hosting a Jazz Appreciation [...]

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