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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The difference between China and Taipei

Compare and contrast

Two headlines about the same topic from two Taiwan-based newspapers last Friday show stark contrast when placed together:
* Taiwan's Olympic title fuels controversy

* Taiwan insists on 'Chinese Taipei'
The former is from the Taipei Times and it tells it like it is.

The latter is brought to you by the China Post, and gives a distorted take on who/what "Taiwan" is.

WTF do they mean?
You see, the ones who "insist on" the sovereignty-damaging "Chinese Taipei" are the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). During the previous administration, the fight was over calling Taiwan "Taiwan" instead, and while it didn't exactly succeed, no ground was lost.

With the KMT holding the office of the presidency (alternately, the office of "Mr." Ma Ying-jeou [馬英九]) and with them having a large majority in the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan is suffering immediate and possibly irreparable damage to its precious sovereignty.

Remember when the KMT adhered to 3 noes? They were: No contact, no negotiation, and no compromise. Now, they're openly selling out the people of Taiwan. Ma isn't even pretending anymore (not that he ever fooled me).

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Cross-posted at Taiwan Matters!

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