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Officials of the American Institute in Taiwan are said to have met behind closed doors with a number of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers early last week to express Washington's “anger” at President Ma Ying-jeou's move to confront Japan over the disputed islands called Senkakus by the Japanese and Diaoyutais in Taiwan. If it's true, there's something strange about the episode.
Confucius had an account of his gradual progress and attainments kept in the Analects, which according to James Legge's translation runs in part: “At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning. At 30, I stood firm. At 40, I had no doubts. At 70, I could follow what my heart desired, without transgressing what was right.” By “stood firm” he meant he was capable of independent thinking.
Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party, wants a referendum on Taiwan's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant at Gongliao in New Taipei City, popularly known as Nuke 4. The opposition party began collecting signatures last year for initiating the referendum to decide the future of the Longmen Nuclear Power Plant, the official name given to Nuke 4 by its operator, Taiwan Power Company.
No one knows for sure who fired a shot near the Marco Polo Bridge in suburban Beijing on the night of July 7, 1937. But that shot started an undeclared war between China and Japan, which became part of World War II after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 8 four years later.
Public prosecutors in Changhua indicted 22 professors at some of Taiwan's prestigious universities earlier this month for corruption charging them with using fake receipts to claim reimbursements from research funds provided by the government. It isn't an isolated case.
So Mr. Abe is all set to go to Washington. The second-time Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will be seeing President Barack Obama in search of stronger security ties between the two countries to cope with a China that is flexing its military muscle in preparation for a showdown over the disputed Senkaku Islands, known in Beijing as the Diaoyu Islands.
Shih Ming-teh, a former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), marched on the Presidential Plaza at the head of more than 100,000 Redshirts and all of them sat down on Ketagalan Avenue for a two-week marathon sit-in on Sept. 9, 2006.
Buddhism came to China from India, and one old Chinese saying is: “Monks from abroad chant sutras better.” This might have been true shortly after Buddhism was introduced and when China began Westernization. It's open to doubt nowadays.
After London-based The Economist called President Ma Ying-jeou a bumbler last month, he bristled and tried to explain away his failure to get Taiwan's house in order, but on Human Rights Day, celebrated on last Monday, he didn't bumble.
An ideal Confucian society is one where everybody does what he is expected to do and harmony prevails. China is still a Confucian society, though unlike the one the Great Sage hopes it to be. Mao Zedong tried to de-Confucianize China by unleashing his Red Guards during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Their slogans were: “We don't love our fathers and mothers!” and “Rebellion is justified!” But China has survived Mao's de-Confucianization, because, like it or not, the Chinese, including Mao himself, are Confucians.
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