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May. 6th, 2006 @ 03:33 pm summary of recent china-taiwan relations
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China: This conflict has gone on far too long. Let's settle this peacefully.
Taiwan: Sure, why not.
China: In the interests of peace and prosperity, we offer this compromise: plans for mutual cooperation, funding for technological innovation, economic development, buzzword buzzword buzzword. and in return you become our slaves just a little bit
Taiwan: What? No!
China: YOU REJECT PEACE. YOU ARE A DANGEROUS RADICAL DEMOCRATIC REGIME AND A THREAT TO STABILITY IN THE REGION.
U.S.: Did someone say "threat to stability"?
China: THEY DON'T LIKE PEACE.
U.S.: They don't like peace? Taiwan, you can't come over and play anymore.
Taiwan: WHAT

(also: kmt sux DPP 4 EVA!!1111)

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From:oddtodd
Date:May 6th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)

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oh man, that is a great comic. it's a little sad, too, as is the whole situation...

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From:user_undefined
Date:May 7th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
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Damn. :/

It's good that you're posting these. I didn't realize things were so fucked up over there.
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From:erf_
Date:May 7th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Things are always fucked up over there.
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From:cougarfang
Date:May 7th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
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Haha, Dad was explaining the political cartoons in 商業週刊 to me, and the bulk of the cartoons had to do with:
1. China/Taiwan relations (or America as the Oreo icing for more China/Taiwan poke-age)
2. Political figures/parties sporking
3. The stupidity of the Ministry of Transportation, most recently indicated by the total flop of ETC
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From:erf_
Date:May 7th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
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What happened to the ETC?
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From:cougarfang
Date:May 8th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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No one ever uses it. XD The Ministry of Tranportation even ran all these kinda pathetic ads on TV, loooooong spots where people give half-hearted rambly testimonials on how great the ETC is, how much it's speeded up travel on the highways and made their lives convenient... the problem is, you still have to slow down to 40 km/hr to go through them so the electronic thingy can charge the money off you, plus you have to install the other electronic thingy that gives the toll booth electronic thingy (my technical knowledge astounds me ==;;) the money, and... basically, it was a flop. And worse, it was a well-publicized flop following two other flops involving railway systems/corporations. So there's at least one cartoon mocking the ETC in every issue of 商業周刊 now.
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From:cougarfang
Date:May 8th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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This is my favorite comic about the Ministry of Transportation. A succinct, to-the-point chronicle of just what it's been doing lately. XD (Sumimasen for bad photo quality ^^;;)
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From:elentiriel
Date:May 7th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
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At the rate this is going, I won't be surprised that we end up ten years back in time, with China adding more missiles to launch at Taiwan every time we hold an election.
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From:juineve
Date:May 7th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Speaking of Taiwan.. How is Hsinchu, compared to Taipei? Worked in Tapei last summer, probably going back there this summer. I was considering going to Taichung, instead of Taipei, but hearing about any city is nice. About where on the island is Hsinchu compared to everywhere else?

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From:erf_
Date:May 7th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Ah, Hsinchu. You'll never leave.

Of course, maybe I'm just bitter because I went to high school there.

It's on the northwest shore of the island, two hours from Taipei. The Silicon Valley of Taiwan. Strong winds, grey skies, good seafood. Less sleazy than Kaoshiung but less cosmopolitan than Taipei. Don't think I've been to Taichung, so I can't compare.

And who might you be?
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From:juineve
Date:May 7th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Bitter because you went there?
You mean biased? Or was your comment about not leaving Hsinchu deadpan?

2 hours from Taipei by regular or high speed rail?
How is the bilingual rating there? I don't really need the people to speak English, as long as the signs are bilingual (I don't read or speak much jongwen, trying to learn more but not there yet).
Also how is the access to other places, like Kenting, and Hualian? I presume you are best off going to Taipei, then them, by rail, for a good price.

I guess I can't ask you much about the night life and k-joints?

What about the ex-pat population?

I worked for people in with the hash house harriers in Taipei, interesting bunch.

So it sounds like if a sweet job is offered there, it wont be so bad.

As for who I am, no one you know. I was trying to find people's opinions on American Beauty for something, so I kept the search restricted to livejournal.. Not a lot of luck.. meh.

Then I saw that you are posting recent trackbacks on Taiwan, which I've been slacking on.. and well.. Taiwan is such an interesting little international sore spot, and China is arguably funny. Their mendacity always makes me laugh, the claim that they invented golf was a recent good one... or y'know, their big problem with Japan's revisionist history.

If you have any Japanese friends who aren't that interested in their own country's history or politics, you should point out that it was Japan's constant attacks on China that occupied the KMT, and thus largely enabled the CPC to rise to power. It's funny to watch their face kinda go blank, and their mouth slowly start to hang open.
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From:elentiriel
Date:May 9th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)

dropping by

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Hsinchu is about an hour and a half from Taipei by bus, depending where you get off in Taipei.

The signs are now mostly bilingual in Hsinchu City, unless you're wandering one of those back alleys that the city government hasn't touched yet.

Access to Hualien-go by rail. It's the fastest and cheapest way there from Hsinchu. To Kenting, take a bus. There's only one major highway down anyway.

Expat population: decent, although not as large as Taipei's. Part of it has to do with the Science Park being on the outskirts of the city, and the American teachers hired to teach the bilingual children of the Chinese American-educated elite. Also, there's a lot of Westerners coming to the city to teach for a year or two at the private kindergartens.

Hope I was of some help. I currently live in Hsinchu, and unlike erf, I'm not bitter about this city, even though I've attended school here for almost all of my life.
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From:juineve
Date:May 7th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh right I'm also gonna be watching this from now on if you don't mind :).
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From:juineve
Date:May 7th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh right and you should follow the comics of the pro-DPP Tapei Times. They're hilarious.. And know Zoe Fischer?
Ok I'm out, for real.