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Seen around the Web

With 700 reporters descending on the island to cover our elections, plenty of media coverage of Taiwan can be expected in the next few weeks. Max Hirsch at Kyodo has a long study of the UN referendum mess:
FOCUS: Taiwan politicians prepare for doomed referenda as election nears
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With Taiwan’s March 22 presidential election just days away, [...]

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Three From the Hsieh Campaign

As the election crescendo approaches, things are flying into my mailbox thick and fast: first, three more from the Hsieh Campaign:
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Taiwan’s Creative Shift
For the KMT, the development of industry was all about information hardware at the expense of support for technological creativity. Factory owners were provided support when buying machinery, but in terms [...]

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Caucus of Corruption

Taiwan News rocks with another great editorial, this time on KMT dysfunctionality and corruption:
Opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou has based his call for a “second transfer of power” largely on claims that the Democratic Progressive Party administration has been “incompetent” and “corrupt” and that only a restored KMT government can “restore” clean government.
Frankly, we [...]

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Angus Reid Slanted Backgrounder on Election

Check out the totally biased backgrounder at the Angus Reid Election Monitor website on the Taiwan Election. Straight from the KMT publicity machine. The opening paragraph will be a special joy for longtime fans of pro-KMT media bias. I sent them the following letter:
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Dear Angus Reid Monitor:
I recently read your discussion of the upcoming presidential [...]

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Ma’s Sister Meets Powerful Gangster

My friend A-gu over at That’s Impossible! blogged on the Ma clan’s latest intersection with gangsters: his sister’s meeting with Chang An-lo, the White Wolf.

The DPP presidential ticket’s camp is blasting the sister of the KMT candidate for allegedly campaigning for him in China. According to a magazine report [in Next], Ma Yi-nan, the elder [...]

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Notes from Taipei

Apologies for the lack of blogging — been spending a ton of time in Taipei this week. Much to report….
Speaking of Taipei, the NYTimes has an article on Taipei as a travel destination (hat tip to reader JS).
TAIPEI, the vibrant capital of Taiwan, distills the best of what Asian cities have to offer — great [...]

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KMT Found Guilty in Asset Case

AFP reports:
Taiwan’s main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party said Wednesday it would appeal a ruling ordering it to return land reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the government.
The Taiwan High Court on Tuesday reversed a previous verdict and ruled that the KMT should return eight plots in Taipei county as the party had violated [...]

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Gerrymandering?

“The lumper/splitter problem occurs when there is the need to create classifications and assign examples to them…..” — Wiki
More gray, ugly, cold, rainy days courtesy of Taiwan in the winter, giving me plenty of incentive to sit in front of the computer, where there’s a steady flow of both information and warm air.
The chart above [...]

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How Much Would the DPP Have Needed? One last look at the numbers..

I was riding home last night after Chaon & Co. creamed my son and I in Axis and Allies, and got to thinking about the legislative election again (imagine that, if you can!). This time I decided to figure out how many votes the DPP would have needed to make a substantial increase in the [...]

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More Election Analysis & Responses

Analysis of the election continues apace, with more from the Blogosphere, this time from the Only Redhead. I’m tired of arguing with people that I know and love, like Robert, but the fact is that lots and lots of commentators out there fondly imagine that if the DPP had only come up with the right [...]

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Bruce Jacobs’ Open Letter to Hsieh and Ma

This morning Apple Daily published an open letter from respected Taiwan scholar Bruce Jacobs, directed at the two presidential candidates.
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An Open Letter to Frank Hsieh and Ma Ying-jeou(給謝長廷和馬英九一封公開信)
By Bruce Jacobs (家博)
Over eighty per cent of the residents of Taiwan (台灣住民) want this country (本國)to be a member of the United Nations. As [...]

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China Investment Policies — Meeting in the Middle

Forbes came out with a couple of articles that highlight how close the DPP and KMT policies are on China investments. First, there was a very short article on Frank Hsieh, now Chairman of the DPP, who said:
The government should ease regulations on China investments as soon as possible, subject to national security considerations, the [...]

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One Last Election Analysis

This came with the latest Nelson Report: Shelly Rigger’s observations on the recent LY election, mine in brackets.
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A few quick observations in response to Kirk and Hans. There’s no question that the new system really hurt the DPP [...]

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The Empire of Bacon

Shot of Taichung showing massive haze over the city, Jan 19, 2008.By its workings, astronomical sums have been appropriated into circuits from which many benefited. While the momentum of growth was maintained, Japan’s reputation as a great power was enhanced, and trade frictions with G7 member countries eased. Massive civil-engineering projects were favored: bridges, tunnels, [...]

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Post Election Analysis

There’s plenty of discussion about the reasons and effects of the legislative election…First, Taiwan Communique has a whole edition out on the elections, with articles by Bruce Jacobs, among others. Go here for the most recent issue. Next, a reader in Calgary reminds me that Willy Lam at the Jamestown Foundation has a piece [...]

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