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Commentary > China Post > Joe Hung
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.
 
According to The China Times, former President Lee Teng-hui wants to form a new political party, which will see to it that his protege Tsai Ing-wen accomplishes the life-long mission he has assigned to himself.
 
The New Power Party (NPP), a small party -- yet the third largest party in the Legislative Yuan -- issued a statement last Friday lauding the government for its all-out efforts to prevent the deportation from Malaysia of 20 Taiwanese nationals suspected of cyber fraud to China.
 
President Barack Obama has no way out from an insoluble quandary of his own making. He inherited the tough job of disengaging the United States from its involvement in Iraq after the country ended Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in a bid to help Israel. However, his country then exacerbated regional instability by trying to topple Bashar al-Assad's Soviet-supported government in Syria through aiding armed rebellion.
 
The mass-circulation vernacular United Daily News published last Thursday an interview with Richard Bush, former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan. In the interview in Washington, Bush, who is now the director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) of the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy, made an enigmatic suggestion that the United States may cease to be a balancer between China and Taiwan at least for the time being.
 
Leo Tolstoy, the celebrated Russian author of War and Peace, once quipped anybody who wasn't a Communist before he was 30 is a fool and those who were still Communists after they were over 30 are fools as well.
 
While I was studying toward my master's degree in journalism at Southern Illinois University, I took a required public opinion survey course. Only seven graduate students took it, and I was the only non-American foreigner. Our professor demanded that every one of us hand in a poll as a term paper. So, all of us concocted it by first deciding on the results and then collecting all the necessary data to fit without choosing the samples. We just made it up. All of us passed cum laude.
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