Archive for August 28th, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

CNA Quotes: Taiwan Affairs Office / SEF Secretary General Kao Kung-lian, re Dalai Lama Visit

Faxed statement by the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman, quoted by CNA (Taiwan):

Statement by State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office [the link for this article ( is apparently no longer available – JR, July 14, 2010] on August 27, concerning some forces within Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party [in the following: DPP] inviting the Dalai to Taiwan, a spokesman for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office stated:

The Dalai is no mere religious personality, he conducts activities to split the state under the banner of religion. No matter under which circumstances and in which capacity he goes to Taiwan, we are resolutely opposed (我們都堅決反對).

While all walks of life on the mainland offer a helping hand and support Taiwan in overcoming the typhoon and to rebuild their homes, some people of the DPP actually take the opportunity to plan for Dalai visiting Taiwan, clearly not for disaster relief, but for trying to harm the hard-earned good cross-strait relations. This sinister intention will meet with opposition from compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

CNA reporter Liu Zhengqing (劉正慶) – same source as above:

As the statement [by the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office] didn’t accuse [the link for this article ( is apparently no longer available – JR, July 14, 2010] president Ma Ying-jeou or the KMT at all, Strait Exchange Foundation (海基會) Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General Kao Kung-lian (高孔廉) says one can understand the mainland position, as its stance concerning the Dalai has always been this way (可以理解大陸的立場,因為大陸對達賴的看法一向如此). [Given the referrals to the DPP in the statement] Kao Kung-lian believes that the mainland acknowledges that the invitation to the Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan is clearly just an action by the DPP (大陸已認知到,其實邀請達賴喇嘛訪台,明顯的就是民進黨在操弄).

[“操弄” may also stand for “manipulation”.]

Won’t the Dalai’s visit on August 30 have an impact on future cross-strait exchange, and even on the fourth meeting between the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS, )海峡两岸关系协会) and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), planned for the end of the year? Kao Kung-lian says that at the moment, this is hard to tell. But she he also said thatnews and cultural exchange, the SEF’s purpose, are temporarily suspended because of the typhoon anyway, and if they are going to be continued isn’t related to the question of the Dalai’s visit, because from the Taiwan Affairs Office’s statement, the influence on the cross-straits relations isn’t that big.

Will the Dalai’s visit have an impact on the fourth meeting of the ARATS and the SEF (Jiang and Chen)  [Jiang Pin-kun (江丙坤), Chen Yunlin (陈云林)]? Kao Kung-lian indicates that this will be evaluated from what the Dalai Lama is going to do and to say.

[In this last line of the CNA article, the Dalai Lama is actually referred to as Dalai Lama.]

Friday, August 28, 2009

Aid for Taiwan, but “Other”

Shameless Splittist Jackal comes with Ulterior Motives

Shameless Splittist Jackal comes with Ulterior Motives

Just recently, China’s Global Times conducted a poll:
Should PLA of China Aid Taiwan to Relieve Typhoon Disaster?
Available Replies:

1. Yes, the PLA should because Taiwan is one part of China and Chinese should save their compatriots.
2. No, the PLA should not.
3. Yes, the PLA should, because U.S are friendly to Taiwan, and both of the two countries’ armies could go to releive disaster in Taiwan.
4. Others.

As of today, 09:30 GMT, the results are as follows:

1. 8 votes; 66.67%
2. 3 votes; 25.00%
3. 1 vote, 8.33%
4. 0 votes, 0.00%

Some people in Taiwan apparently opt for “others”.

After a refusal to grant a visa for the Dalai Lama last year, President Ma Ying-jeou now agreed to a request from the opposition to invite the Dalai Lama next week, to comfort victims of Typhoon Morakot.

JR condemns this decision in the strongest terms, because he is sure that the Dalai Lama’s support for the victims comes with ulterior motives.

Friday, August 28, 2009

An Argument

Oldenburg, Germany — in the morning, on the train. It’s packed with people, and to make things worse, there are also a lot of bicycles on board. Bicyclists are frequently requested to remove their bags from their bikes to save space. A few people usually heed the request – most don’t. Then a man in a wheelchair boards the train. He asks why the bags haven’t been removed. He manages to express his anger both clearly, and politely.

Where is the problem, a passenger asks. After all, there is still space for him, she says. [Which is true, but only for the gangway, next to the entrance]. She could be a teacher. Practical haircut, colorful glasses, and no really stupid expression on her face.

Why, the man in the wheelchair says – because the regulations say so. He’s still polite, and still very angry. I’m looking at the bunch of bikes and it dawns on me that the lady’s position is doomed. But she goes on: “It’s for the sake of arguing, right?”

“No,” says the man in the wheelchair. “It’s because I can’t reach the toilet, for example.”

Another passenger, apparently the lady’s husband, apologizes. “That’s true. We thought we could muddle through with our bags, but I can see the problem now.”

The lady keeps silent, and throws an angry look at her husband. The rest of the group, some ten more bicyclists, remain silent, too.

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