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Monday, March 14, 2005

China passes "anti-secession" law threatening Taiwan

Obsession with low-slung pants, meanwhile, uses up the minimal brainpower of Taiwan's opposition politicians

On the same day that China unanimously passed a law aimed at "legalizing" war on Taiwan, the KMT can apparently neither see nor hear any evil. The news hasn't done anything for their problem with "diarrhea of the mouth," though.

Strange priorities
A comedy skit about pants is what Taiwan's opposition pan-blues consider to be "proof" that President Chen Shui-bian "staged" the March 19, 2004 assassination attempt in which he and his V-P Annette Lu were both grazed by bullets on the eve of the presidential election.

This coming Saturday will be the one-year anniversary of that shooting, and the pan-blues are still crying about their loss. Regarding much more pressing matters, they seem to be completely ignorant -- although not blissfully so.

You might think that criticism of China's so-called "anti-secession" law -- which China's Premier Wen Jiabao describes as being "anti-war" but whose very content says "non-peaceful" -- would be at the top of the agenda for most Taiwanese politicians today. However, Taiwan's pan-blues selfishly continue to promote themselves as the crybaby sore losers of last year's election.

The pan-greens, on the other hand, seem to have Taiwan's interests in mind and are rallying a million people (inviting the opposition to participate, by the way) to show up in Taipei on March 26 to demonstrate the Taiwanese people's opposition to China's law. Considering the turnout at last year's "228 Hand-in-Hand Rally" (and barring inclement weather), I think that the number could be even higher.

If you need a peek behind all of the rhetoric about Taiwan's sovereignty, this summary by the Taiwan Documents Project is a good place to start before wading into any "historical" arguments. That page contains links to full text English versions of all the documents referenced within. AbsoluteAstronomy.com also has some well-annotated analysis on a page titled "Political status of Taiwan."
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