China has been known as a state of comity (禮儀之邦) for millennia. Comity means friendly, social atmosphere. China used to be a country of social harmony. It isn't a state of comity any more.
It was a long time ago when Masaru Ogawa, editor of the Japan Times for eight years till 1977, told me of his encounter with U.S. ambassador in Tokyo Edwin O. Reischauer. Ogawa, a Nisei born in Los Angeles, told Reischauer, the son born in Tokyo of Presbyterian educational missionary parents, he didn't believe the United States would come to the rescue of Japan if the Soviets attacked Japan with atomic bombs, though mutual defense is obligated in the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty.2 Comments
It's a little more than seven months ago that the Ministry of National Defense published in its organ, Strufight (奮鬥月刊：Struggle Monthly), an article on the Soul of a Soldier (軍人魂). It is the name of a dagger Chiang Kai-shek, superintendent of the Whampoa Military Academy in Canton, gave to every cadet on graduation as a present. The dagger is also known as the Dagger for Suicide.
It was in the summer of 1960. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was coming to Taipei for a two-day state visit on June 18. A couple of days before his arrival, I was invited to a press tour of Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung.2 Comments
A popular proverb whose origin is attributed to Joseph Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy, is "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."2 Comments
So Taiwan wants to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank or AIIB. Join Taiwan must as President Ma Ying-jeou said in an exclusive interview with The China Times on last Thursday.
Dr. Yang Chen-ning, China's first Nobel laureate, came from Beijing to Taipei last week to belatedly receive an honorary doctorate from the National Taiwan University. He was awarded the degree last year, but couldn't come because he was indisposed at the time. He and Dr. Tsung-dao Lee were the co-winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on parity nonconservation of weak interaction in 1957.
Leopold von Ranke, a German historian and a founder of modern source-based history, teaches us history has to be written "wie es eigentlich gewesen" or "as it really is." Perhaps Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has never tried to understand von Ranke's dictum.
Politicians love political gobbledygook. It's only natural, because they want to say what they don't mean and mean what they don't want to say. One good example is the response Chao Tien-lin, director of the Department of Chinese Affairs at the Democratic Progressive Party, made to what Chinese President Xi Jinping had said at a panel discussion with members of the 12th National Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing last Wednesday.1 Comment
Japan is lacking in far-sighted diplomats. One really prescient diplomat was Baron Kijuro Shidehara, 44th prime minister. Despite growing Japanese militarism, he attempted to maintain a non-interventionist policy toward China and uphold the principles of the League of Nations.