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Author: Sheryn Lee, ANU The US confirmed last month that it will uphold a commitment to refurbish Taiwan’s aging F-16A/B jet fighter fleet in a US$5.85 billion arms package. This has once again sparked debate about whether Washington’s continued arms sales to Taipei serve the region’s interests in maintaining the cross-Strait status quo. Supporters of the weapons sales argue that they are imperative to ensuring Taiwan retains a self-defence capability. China and the US F-16 upgrade sale to Taiwan
Since the first sweeping structural reform of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 1985, the military media have periodically floated trial balloons about deeper restructuring, but the political realities of the situation have consistently stymied the proposed changes. In early 2014, the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the PLA was planning to make the most significant modifications to its command and control structure in almost 30 years, replacing its administrative, geographically oriented military region system with a mission-oriented configuration designed to match the increasing “joint” orientation of its deployed forces. To the surprise of many, official Chinese media organs did not reject the report out of hand, but instead expressed dismay that the information had been disseminated prematurely, and grudgingly acknowledged plans to carry out the changes.
China Brief - The Jamestown Foundation Old Wine in an Ancient Bottle: Changes in Chinese State Ideology March 20, 2014 Only a year since assuming the top Party post in November 2012, Xi Jinping has emerged as the strongest Chinese leader in decades. His sweeping anti-corruption and mass line campaigns have shaken the bureaucracy, consolidated his...
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News Translation Taiwan Voice 2014/03/26 (Facebook) Press Conference with Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting It is often overheard that the student protesters (coming from the top universities in Taiwan) outmatch the Ma administration intellectually, but yet they are still portrayed as troublemakers. Here is a transcript of a press conference with two of the student leaders following the mayhem at the Executive Yuan that shows these students are thoughtful, smart, and resolute. Press Conference with Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting at 9:30 after President Ma’s press conference held on the morning of March 24 Lin Fei-Fan: Of course, members of the the student movement group are bound to hold different opinions. The View from Taiwan
The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato In a guest post, Professor Stéphane Corcuff warns that a refusal by the government to listen to the demands of civil society could plant the seeds of future activism and instability As the students declared the occupation of Taiwan’s parliament over at 6pm on Thursday, 10 April, and were exiting the legislature one by one under the applause of about 20,000 people on Jinnan Rd, the cleaning teams of volunteers who had surrounded the Legislative Yuan for three weeks were busy meeting a tough deadline — to evacuate tons of material by early morning. Their work was officially finished at 3:10am on Friday, April 11.
Echo Taiwan 2007 年，當年輕的歐巴馬出馬要爭取美國民主黨總統初選的時候，幾乎沒有人看好這個在全國政壇少為人知的晚輩。他的從政經歷是只當過一任參議員，在民主黨內，他必須打敗強勁的對手希拉蕊克林頓。希拉蕊是之前兩任總統克林頓的老婆，不但『白宮資歷』豐富、個人能力超強，而且，克林頓執政時期是美國經濟最好的時期之一，以克林頓的政治力量與民間支持度，以經驗、財力、物力來比，沒有人會認為誰有可能在民主黨初選中打敗她。 但是歐巴馬做到了。
The Foreigner in Formosa Admittedly the competition is stiff, but Joe Hung goes full Goebbels with his latest screed on March 24th's government eviction of student protesters from Taiwan's Executive Building. Claims Joe about Ma Ying-jeou's bloody crackdown: "The force used to expel the Black Island Nation Youth Front mob wasn't violent at all." [Emphasis added] Refutation comes from the equivalent of a thousand words: (Image from 4am.tw)
Frozen Garlic [I began writing this post this afternoon. It reflects how my thinking has crystallized over the past few days. Most was written before tonight’s events at the Executive Yuan.