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Taiwan must uphold sovereignty

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has made Taiwan’s allies uneasy with his China-friendly policies. Writing in the latest edition of the magazine Foreign Affairs, US academic Robert Gilley describes how, during the Cold War, Finland employed a policy of detente to curry favor with the Soviet Union, enabling it to retain its autonomy and avoid annexation by the USSR. Gilley notes that, since the Ma administration took office, Taiwan’s situation has come to resemble that of Finland. He goes on to suggest that the US should stop selling arms to Taiwan, and that it should let Taiwan become neutral and no longer count Taiwan among its Asian allies.


Taiwan faces a new year of political purgatory

Hopes were high in Taiwan when Barack Obama became President of the United States in January 2009. Obama had campaigned on the promise of change and that gave many in Taiwan hope for a way out from the "strategic ambiguity" imposed on the island by the United States in 1945.

When World War II ended with the Japanese surrender to the United States in August 1945, the U.S. allowed the Japanese to continue to rule the island territory commonly called Formosa. Then, in October, the Seventh Fleet of the U.S. Navy landed Chinese Nationalist troops of Chiang Kai-shek on the island to process Japanese soldiers thus beginning the longstanding ambiguity that prevents the island residents a representative to the World Health Organization, membership in the United Nations, or even participation in a recent climate change conference.


US business group accuses Obama of shorting Taiwan

WASHINGTON, Jan 1 (Reuters) - The head of a prominent U.S. business group accused President Barack Obama of compromising Taiwan's security to promote U.S. ties with China.

Self-ruled Taiwan, which China deems a wayward province, is watching "with increased exasperation," said Rupert Hammond-Chambers, president of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council.


Liberty Times: Self-salvation year

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 4 of a daily roundup) A rough 2009 is over, but the new year may not necessarily bode well for Taiwan, either, as evidenced by persistently high unemployment and the retreat of local wage levels to those recorded 13 years ago.

While the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou has brazenly cited the recent rebound of the local housing and stock markets amid a global economic turnaround to prove the appropriateness of its economic policies, the reality is that its China-leaning policy has left Taiwan with a widening wealth gap and declining consumption power.


Economic Daily News: Taiwan at critical juncture

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 3 of a daily roundup) 2010 will be a time of trial for Taiwan's government. If it copes well, it will create rosy prospects for the country, but if it does not, Taiwan could slip into an abyss without any opportunity for revival.

The cross-Taiwan Strait opening policy pursued by the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou since its inauguration in May 2008 is now at a critical juncture, with Taiwan facing a number of crucial changes and challenges in the coming year.


Where's the Beef? It's Smell the Coffee Time in the USA

Those of us, who live at ground zero in Taiwan, have long grown tired of hearing pundits and distant observers in USA media etc. judge things from a distance and spout or believe the pearls handed them by their past wine and dine Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) friends. For the past eighteen months we have heard those pundits speak in glorious terms about how the election of Ma Ying-jeou was going to solve all the problems in the Taiwan Strait, harmonize the triangle of the USA, Taiwan and China and allow everyone to become millionaires.

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The conditions of former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) confinement in prison are “unacceptable” and have affected his physical as well as mental health, US-based medical experts said yesterday.

Joseph Lin, Ken Yoneda and Charles Whitcomb, professors at the University of California at Davis, told the Taipei Times that Chen’s health and the conditions of his confinement were “disturbing” and an issue of human rights and humanitarianism.