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‘Peace talks’ with PRC a trap — just ask Tibet

It has recently been suggested that Taiwan should sign a “peace agreement” with China in the belief it will help reduce tensions in the Taiwan Strait. In general, the term “peace agreement” refers to anything aimed at bringing an end to a bloody conflict such as an armistice signed by warring states, a ceasefire agreement between two sides in a civil war or methods to resolve a border dispute with a neighboring nation. Not one of the 192 member nations of the UN has signed any form of “peace agreement” with Taiwan and yet still somehow manage to peacefully coexist with Taiwan. The one exception is of course China.

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KMT assets’ magical vanishing act

On the insistence of President and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the KMT recently outlined a new “three noes” principle — “no private settlement, no loose handling and no messing up.” This came in response to a court decision that People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) can now legally withdraw NT$240 million (US$7.65 million) related to the Chung Hsing Bills Finance case and deposited with the court several years ago.

The KMT has pledged to recover the money and donate it to charity. By taking this rare tough stance, Ma has indicated that the KMT wants to resolve the dispute in line with public opinion and based on law, reason and emotion. What a statement!

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Who loves ‘MIT’? Not the president

Anyone who surfs through TV channels these days could easily find themself watching a government-sponsored commercial promoting the use of “MIT” (Made in Taiwan) products.

The TV spot, featuring a string of celebrities showcasing domestically made goods such as towels, socks and bedding is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ “Love MIT” campaign launched in December last year.

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Do You Know Where Ma Ying-jeou Stands on the Boundaries of Taiwan?

By a strange confluence of events, the day after I spoke with Chen Shui-bian, I attended a conference by Ma and shook hands with him afterwards. At Ma's conference on ECFA, In an effort to get him on record, I had asked him about the boundaries of the ROC as he saw them.

I have also added at the end what I found as Article 4 of the Constitution; but I could not find the Article 10 of the amendments that he spoke of; it was something different in my copy. I didn't want to presume to talk for Ma.

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Formosa betrayed redux: 2010 edition

While President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and those who benefit from trade relations between Taiwan and China are busy promoting a proposed cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA), there is a truth that they dare not face up to: That the real problem is the widening gap between rich and poor, accompanied by worsening class oppression.

When these economic and political beneficiaries, following the trend of economic globalization, keep traveling between China and Taiwan, what they dare not admit is that they have sold out democratic values and reneged on their promises to society.

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China could ‘crash’ this year, top investor warns

Investor Marc Faber said China’s economy will slow and possibly “crash” within a year as declines in stock and commodity prices signal the nation’s property bubble is set to burst.

The Shanghai Composite Index has failed to regain last year’s high while industrial commodities and shares of Australian resource exporters are acting “heavy,” Faber said. The opening of the World Expo in Shanghai last week is “not a particularly good omen,” he said, citing a property bust and depression that followed the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna.

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Legislators and academics yesterday warned that signing an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China could potentially undermine Taiwan’s food security because the nation’s food self-sufficiency rate is alarmingly low, about 30 percent, and Chinese suppliers of agricultural products would be able to influence Taiwan’s food markets.

They said unless efforts are made to improve the nation’s food self-sufficiency, the trade pact the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government is seeking to sign with Beijing next month would mean China would gain significant control over wheat and corn imports and prices of wheat-derived foodstuffs, animal feed and meat products, putting Taiwan’s food security at risk.