Little thoughts on Taiwan

I’m starting a specialized version of “Little thoughts” to focus on news from or about Taiwan.

“In Taiwan, A Stunning Bamboo Pavilion With A Potent Environmental Message”
Fast Company Co.Design, September 07, 2011.
I took some time to find the Chinese names for the places mentioned in this article. The forest is 大農大富平地森林園區 in 花蓮. Hopefully the pavilion will convince the government not to build and protect the land that once belonged to the 阿美族.

“US lawmakers to tour China, Taiwan, S. Korea”
AFP (via Yahoo! News), September 07, 2011.
“Highest-level US trip to Taiwan in five years”
AFP (via Yahoo! News), September 09, 2011.
I was surprised when I read the first article since I cannot remember the last time I read about a visit to Taiwan by members of the U.S. government. Sure enough, based on the second article, this is the highest-level U.S. representative to Taiwan since 2006. I am having an issue with this sentence: “However, Beijing still considers Taiwan part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, despite their split in 1949 after a civil war.” There was never a “split” between China and Taiwan.

“Lockheed CEO eyes new F-16s for Taiwan”
Reuters, September 06, 2011.
Even though it is rumored that the U.S. government does not want to sell new F-16s to Taiwan, the CEO of Lockheed is all for it. Without the order from Taiwan, Lockheed will end F-16 orders in 2013. As we know from the American economy, it will not only hit Lockheed, but also the suppliers to Lockheed.

“Pentagon: Huge Chinese military buildup opposite Taiwan continues”
Foreign Policy, August 24, 2011.
A report from the Pentagon states that China has been increasing the number of missiles pointed at Taiwan.

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