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Why Chen Made the Martial Law Comment

Last week President Chen intimated that he was considering martial law as a possible alternative to handle the KMT’s lawlessness in refusing to obey the regulations for elections promulgated by the CEC. This comment was widely disparaged by observers on all sides of the political debates.
I can only speculate, but this paragraph from Willy Lam’s [...]

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Business Leader Calls for Peace Law

Business leader Robert Tsao put out advertizements in three newspapers the other day, calling for a peace agreement with China. The China Post reports:
“If Taiwan adopts a cross-strait peaceful co-existence law, relations between the two sides of the Strait can begin to develop in the right direction,” said Tsao, who calls himself a “small ordinary [...]

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Ma Goes Long, DPP Legislator Brought Up Short

The China Post, the local pro-KMT English paper, offers up some breathless prose on KMT Presidential hopeful Ma Ying-jeou’s “long stay” outside the north:
While Ma Ying-jeou is due to return to Taipei City on Oct. 26, after finishing his second “long stay,” Chinese language media speculated yesterday that the opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate might not [...]

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AP: Peace Offer not Directed At Chen

AP strikes once more with a brilliant analysis of the Hu Jintao “peace offer.”
Alexander Huang, former second-in-command at the Taiwanese government agency responsible for implementing China policy, said Hu’s comments were made with the full knowledge that Chen will be leaving office next May, two months after Taiwanese voters elect a new president.
“(They were) intended [...]

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Bradsher on the "Peace Offer"

Keith Bradsher of the NY Times has a thorough article on surrender demand “peace offer” from China’s Hu and the reactions in Taiwan and China. The article is Beijing-centric in many ways, but it has a couple of important observations.
President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan denounced Thursday a peace overture from President Hu Jintao of China [...]

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Ma Revisits Past KMT Errors, Hsieh Reappears

With DPP Presidential candidate Frank Hsieh finally reappearing on the campaign trail, it was Ma Ying-jeou who spoke at the political prison on Green Island:
Ma promised to resume a thorough investigation of two murders that are believed to be politically motivated.
Both were committed in Taipei while Chiang Ching-kuo was president.
One of them occurred on [...]

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AP. Again. And Again. And Again.

AP strikes again with another warning that Chen Shui-bian is the cause of all problems in the world, from milk chocolate melting in the hand, to the Sun burning up its store of hydrogen someday. The article addresses the living nightmare that is Chen heading up the horrible DPP, which, as everyone knows, provokes China, [...]

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Does Either Party Want to Win the 2008 Elections?

A few weeks back I wrote a post on why Hsieh will win the 2008 Presidential Election. Hahaha. What a sense of humor I have! I slay myself, really. Just ignore everything I said, because President Chen has decided after consideration — as if there were any doubt — to take up the [...]

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President Chen for Chairman, Again?

One of the quirks of Taiwan’s Constitution is the weakness of the Presidency. During the martial law era, and into the presidency of Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan’s presidents derived their political clout from their position as Chairman of the Party, not from occupying the chief office of a government that was never intended to be more [...]

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UN Stuff, Sept 20: Nelson Report, Frank Ching, UN Rejection

First, China responds with invective and bombast to Taiwan’s latest defeat, this time in a committee. On the Taiwan issue, I say “Let China Speak!” Nothing makes them look worse than their own nasty Czechslovakia-must-be-blotted-out! rhetoric. AP via The International Herald Tribune tells the tale:
On Wednesday, the U.N. General Assembly’s General Committee decided not to [...]

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Hsieh Attacks Ma for Colluding With China

International media reports on Taiwan’s upcoming elections rarely mention, let alone analyze, the growing cooperation between the Chinese Communist Party and the KMT in Taiwan. Yet it is a major issue in the election here:
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday accused his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) counterpart, Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), of [...]

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Domestic Political Fun

While the DPP grooms itself for the future, the KMT is riven by internal strife.
The China Post reported the other day that Yeh Chu-lan, the wife of dissident and activist Chen Nan-jung, is under consideration by DPP Presidential candidate Frank Hsieh for the Premiership:
After I had served as Kaohsiung mayor, Yeh Chu-lan also served as [...]

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Fell: Prospects for 2008 Election Here

In June Brookings published a pretty good analysis of the upcoming Presidential election by Dafydd Fell of the University of London
In the autumn of 2006, it looked a foregone conclusion that Ma would be the next president. President Chen Shui-bian was facing the huge “Red Shirt” anti-corruption protests and an unprecedented series of KMT initiated [...]

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Hsieh Picks Su

The China Post and other papers are reporting that Hsieh is going to ask Su to be his running mate.
Presidential candidate Frank Hsieh of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday in Singapore that he has invited former Premier Su Tseng-chang to be his running mate in the 2008 presidential race.
Hsieh, who is currently [...]

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Hsieh Interview, Financial Times

A Financial Times interview with Frank Hsieh, by Kathrin Hille, whom I’ve long considered to be a pro-KMT journalist. Hille sets up several questions hoping to provoke an answer she can use to discredit him, but Hsieh is an old hand at evading these traps.
Frank Hsieh, presidential candidate of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, is [...]

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