Little thoughts on Taiwan

“Yani Tseng wins in Arkansas again”
Associated Press via espn.com, September 11, 2011.
曾雅妮 is on a roll. She is now leading the LPGA tour with the most wins this season.

“Japan sends endangered red-crown cranes to Taiwan”
Associated Press via washingtonexaminer.com, September 13, 2011.
“Red-crowned cranes arrive at Taipei Zoo from Japan”
Taipei Times, September 15, 2011.
As a token of gratitude for aiding the country after the earthquake in March, Japan is lending Taiwan two red-crown cranes for an indefinite amount of time. They will be housed at the Taipei Zoo. The cranes will be on display starting October 30, 2011.

“US Congress resolution calls for UN seat for Taiwan”
Taipei Times, September 15, 2011.
“Garrett Introduces Resolution Calling for Taiwan’s Admission to the United Nations”
garrett.house.gov, September 13, 2011.
A Republican representative has introduced a resolution to Congress to declare that Taiwan should have membership in the U.N. The resolution is jointly sponsored by six Republicans and one Democrat.

“US State Dept to skip Taiwan event for first time”
Reuters, September 14, 2011.
The U.S. State Department is not sending a speaker to an annual conference on defense ties between the U.S. and Taiwan in Richmond, Virginia. A senior Pentagon official will be there. This is not a good sign given that the U.S. has yet to respond to Taiwan’s request for F-16 fighters.

“Military aircraft reported to have crashed off Suhua”
Taipei Times, September 14, 2011.
“Two Taiwan military jets ‘crash'”
BBC News, September 13, 2011.
“Air force grounds F-5 jets after crash”
Taipei Times, September 15, 2011.
“Taiwan ‘grounds F-5 fighter jets’ after crash”
BBC News, September 14, 2011.
Fighter jets were reported to have crashed along the 蘇花公路. The jets were old F-5s that are waiting to be replaced. The entire fleet is now being inspected for any mechanical failure. The reason for the crash is still unknown. It took me awhile to realize the reason parts of the BBC titles were in quotes was because the information was based on reports.

“Taiwan rescuers search for military jets”
UPI, September 14, 2011.
“Taiwan Crash Sparks Calls for U.S. F-16 Sale”
Agence France-Presse via DefenseNews, September 14, 2011.
After the reports of the crashed fighters, the immediate response is that the F-5s need to be replaced by F-16s.

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