News about Taiwan

“China Strikes Back After Taiwan Weapons Deal”
time.com, September 27, 2011.
“Pacific commander says US arms sales won’t end military gap between China, Taiwan”
Associated Press via startribune.com, September 27, 2011.
“Source: Chinese official tells Clinton U.S. should reconsider Taiwan arms deal”
cnn.com, September 27, 2011.
“Exclusive: Lockheed lobbies anew for new Taiwan F-16s”
reuters.com, September 29, 2011.
Some more reactions on the sale of F-16s to Taiwan. It’s mostly from China’s side – warning the U.S. of reduced military cooperation. Lockheed has sent a memo detailing reasons for selling Taiwan the F-16 C/Ds.

“Taiwan director’s aboriginal epic breaks new ground”
AFP via The Independent, September 27, 2011.
賽德克‧巴萊 (Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale) has been introduced to the international audience at the Venice Film festival. I really like this quote from director 魏德聖 (Wei Te Sheng): “The movie is more than conventional heroism. There is no absolute right or wrong in history. The Japanese are not absolute villains and the aborigines are not absolutely right.” The more I learn about the history of Taiwan, the more I realize that there is no right or wrong. Each side had their reasons for their actions. We can only learn from them.

“A Potential Spoiler Roils Taiwan Presidential Race”
wsj.com, September 28, 2011.
“Taiwan’s Soong: Beijing does not want me to run”
Associated Press via boston.com, September 28, 2011.
宋楚瑜 (James Soong) is collecting signatures to run as a third party candidate in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential elections.

“Five reasons why Taiwan should be on your bucket list”
lonelyplanet.com, September 26, 2011.
“Taiwan, 7 Nights, From $799”
BudgetTravel, September 28, 2011.
“China Airlines joins SkyTeam Alliance”
gadling.com, September 28, 2011.
I think there has been more and more publicity about traveling to Taiwan. It is also possible that this is the first year I’ve started noticing it. There was an episode of “The Bachelorette” and an episode of “The Amazing Race” (more on that later). The more people begin to understand Taiwan and are educated about the country, the better. 華航 (China Airlines) is the largest airline in Taiwan, so joining an international alliance is a very good business move.

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