The Taiwan military rhetoric of last week was compounded by a food oil scandal affecting many large Taiwan food suppliers.
The ultimate effect will hurt the pockets of the de facto pro-Beijing KMT Nationalist party controlling Taiwan.
As the spirits of Hong Kong and Taiwan strengthen together, from valuable mistakes, Beijing faces a new weapon: human resolve.
The Japanese development of not being solely dependent on the US for defence came with consideration: A nation needs more than weapons for defence; it needs ethics, values, and a narrative. The region is realising that this conflict won’t be fought in one single battle, but every day, with small run-ins and decisions to become strong or to bow to the big bully of the Pacific.
…Strategically at the same time as the West plans to move against ISIS in Iraq.
Political Cartoon: The unfairness of “fairness” between China and Taiwan in trade agreement, CSSTA, illustrating why the Sunflower movement’s takeover of Taiwan’s Legislature made some sense.
…To simulate an attack from China next week, just announced, including drones and cyber warfare…
…In line with Taiwan’s peace-making approach to disputed islands. This in contrast to the military rehearsal simulating a Chinese invasion next week.
…If he’s right, it will only feed the US messiah complex and provoke conflict with China… though, being in the bag for the Chinese empire agenda, he probably can’t see that much. Imperialists, like this guy, often fall in love with their own propaganda and don’t understand how they come across to others.
Democracy viz Beijing/Taipei
…Practicing for when Beijing does to Hong Kong what Taiwan did to itself.
…Showing that the pro-transparent democracy movement in HK is attempting every line of diplomacy.
…More support from Taiwan
…Making headlines in Taiwan, while the same day…
…Because, if Hong Kong falls, Taiwan is next. The dirty big secret that Americans are unaware of is that, after Taiwan, California, not even Hawaii, would be next.
…to lower the referendum voting age to 18, demonstrating the Beijing style of Taipei’s history, governing against the will of the Taiwanese people.
…Meaning that Beijing and Hong Kong may be going at it for a while. If there is intervention from the West, it would be after Beijing responds to Hong Kong with too much strength.
Taiwan Food Scandal: Why Taiwan is becoming stronger than ever
The best overview of the issue…
How about that? Bail equals one month’s salary for a high school teacher. It’s like they are begging him to flee. If he flees, he can’t testify that everyone in the supply chain knew what was going on, and he can then be scapegoated by everyone. And the big brands can keep their brand images intact. Which is the most important thing, of course.
…Which, of course, implicates the controlling KMT Nationalist (and pro-Beijing) party exploiting its control of the courts to save its crony companies. Finally, Sunday…
…Giving the suspect the power to flee, apparently, wasn’t an option once the public saw what was going on.
While cases of corruption have erupted in the past in China, those cases mostly involved other countries complaining about China. This case was unusual because of how much this issue hit home for the unusually highly health-conscious Taiwanese population, both young and old.
So, Taiwan learns a hard lesson of conscience this week, about how all the little lies and cutting corners of Asian culture affect so many others. The effect on this will strengthen and mature the conscience of the Taiwanese, which will result in the island nation being nearly impossible to be ruled by anyone but themselves.
While the elitists of Beijing believe that only brute power can conquer, ethics-believers know that a strong conscience, aware of one’s fellow man, makes a society strong and that this is China’s biggest weakness.
Eat fresh, avoid oils, experts say (in response to the Taiwan food scare)
…Basically the same conclusion as Dr. Chauncy Crandall, author of “The Simple Heart Cure”, who explains that inflammation caused by processed food, not cholesterol directly, is responsible for heart conditions.
…Interestingly, this only seems to affect products that had oil that was not healthy anyway.
…the people point to the KMT-controlled administration gives a loop-hole to a large company to escape a heavy fine (the KMT owns stock in many large companies, even though it is a political party), while the KMT administration finds someone else to blame…Pacific Daily Times
- Chuck Chiang: Beijing’s hard-line stand on election means uncertainty for Hong Kong (vancouversun.com)
- Sinosphere Blog: From Taiwan, Broad Support for Democracy in Hong Kong (sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com)
- China’s anti-democracy stand fuels HK unrest (manilatimes.net)
- Taiwan and Hong Kong Must Lead on Democracy, Not Follow China (usnews.com)
- Showdown in Hong Kong (ipolitics.ca)
- China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong (nzherald.co.nz)
- China sends armoured carriers into Hong Kong Streets amidst democracy protests (chinadailymail.com)
- A showdown is looming in Hong Kong, with China threatening to send in its army (chinadailymail.com)
- Top China official met by protests in Taiwan, called “communist bandit” (chinadailymail.com)
- Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy (chinadailymail.com)
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