China has a long tradition of imperial censors (御史), which dates as far back as the Qin Dynasty (255-206 B.C.) They supervised government officials on behalf of the emperor like a national branch of Transparency International which, however, doesn't have teeth. Unlike modern-day Transparency International which nobody fears.
Salman Rushdie published “The Satanic Verses” toward the end of 1988, prompting Ayatolla Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa to kill him and his publishers or to point him out to those who could kill him if they could not. Rushdie, well protected in the United Kingdom, has never been physically harmed for the book, but others associated with it have suffered.
Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party, blasted President Ma Ying-jeou for visiting Pengchia Islet on last Friday as “making himself an Ah Q.” The northernmost islet of Taiwan, Pengchia Islet is called Hokasho by the Japanese who administered Taiwan as a colony from 1895 to 1945.
2012/9/10, 2 Comments
It was a summer night 53 years ago. Typhoon Gloria was expected to hit Taipei and heavy rains started lashing shortly before 6 o'clock. My wife asked me at supper whether I had to go out on a typhoon night. I told her I should.
To release or not to release former President Chen Shui-bian from prison isn't a question, at least now. But Hau Lung-bin, mayor of Taipei, asked that question last week to cause a stir while hoisting a name plate for a lane on which the Deng Nan-jung Foundation is located. Deng.
The Sankei Shimbun in Tokyo reported last week, again, that Japan is planning to station troops on Uotsuri-jima of the disputed Senkaku Islands because the People's Republic of China is likely to try to occupy it to make good its claim of sovereignty over the tiny uninhabited islet with rich fishing grounds and undersea oil reserves. It did so in June by quoting Minister of Defense Satoshi Morimoto.
Let's make it clear. A dispute over which country has sovereignty over the Tiaoyutais, Diaoyutai or Senkaku Islands is an endless, fruitless dispute. But a popular vernacular newspaper in Taipei, The Liberty Times, has joined in the dispute, not among the Republic of China, the People's Republic and Japan, but with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Democracy and republicanism are often taken as one of the same thing, but there is a fundamental difference. The United States is a republic, but President Abraham Lincoln described democracy as “the government of the people, by the people and for the people” in his Gettysburg address.
2012/8/6, 1 Comment
The advent of cable television channels has introduced political talk shows to viewers who are becoming increasingly polarized by the feud between the Kuomintang and the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan. The former wants an eventual Chinese unification, while the latter insists on independence for Taiwan.
Is there going to be a war over the Tiaoyu Islands, which the Japanese call the Senkakus? According to a joint poll conducted by Taiwan's Want Want China Times Public Opinion Survey Center and China's “Global Times (環球時報).”
2012/7/23, 4 Comments