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Commentary > China Post > Joe Hung
Are code names necessary? Oh yes, they are necessary for the military. General Dwight D. Eisenhower dubbed his Normandy invasion "Operation Overlord" during WWII.
 
An investigation was launched on Friday after a surface-to-surface missile was misfired into the sea near Penghu, an island group near Taiwan proper, killing a local trawler skipper and further straining Taipei-Beijing relations.
 
Taipei's mass-circulation Chinese-language United Daily News published last Wednesday a very interesting story about litigation started by "Vote-Buying President Cao Kun's" granddaughter Cao Jifang (曹繼方) against the Academia Historica (國立國史館).
 
There are two countries in Taiwan. One is the Republic of China, which Chiang Kai-shek created by moving his Kuomintang government to Taipei after he was defeated by Mao Zedong in the Chinese civil war at the end of 1949. The other is a country the Taiwan Civil Government (TCG, 台灣民政府) is getting ready to proclaim.
 
Many people, including former President Ma Ying-jeou, profess that the Republic of China established in Nanjing on Jan. 1, 1912 is Asia's first republic. They are wrong. The first republic in Asia is Taiwan.
 
The Executive Yuan, or Cabinet, announced last Monday that a marine cooperation dialogue mechanism would be set up between Taiwan and Japan before the end of July to solve the inane political squabble touched off by the Japanese detention of a Taiwanese long-line fishing boat in the part of the open sea where Tokyo claims as the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Okinotori Atoll in the West Pacific.
 
The Economist called President Ma Ying-jeou a "Bumbler" in 2012. Social media in Taiwan call him a "loser," a transliteration of lu she (魯蛇) in Chinese, which means almost the same in English.
 
Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China, abbreviated as R.O.C. But a diplomatic squabble the R.O.C. started with the People's Republic of China late last month has let an American journal make the abbreviation stand for "Republic of Cheating." Funny? Cynical?
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Koo Kuan-min, the staunchest Taiwan independence campaigner and founder of the think tank Taiwan Brain Trust, called a press conference last Monday to air his "Brotherly Countries" (兄弟之邦) solution to the problems of divided China.
 
A Japanese Maritime Safety cutter was on routine patrol near the Okinotori Islands near Iwo Jima of WWII fame early last Monday. It sighted a fishing trawler and gave chase.
 
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