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Taiwan and China
It is interesting to see that Taiwan is also moving its politics recently, due to the results of their last election.

Full text see link above.

Funny, the former president, which created such restrictions to travel, gets now a dose of his own medicine...

One thing is for sure, the new government in Taiwan is everything else, but not China-friendly.

Maybe worth a consideration for the US-government too after the next election with a new US-president?

Not many countries around near to China which appreciate the present Chinese government...
I get the feeling, China is slowly moving into some form of 'political isolation'.

Quote:Taiwan's new government on Sunday refused former president Ma Ying-jeou permission to visit Hong Kong, citing national security considerations, sparking an angry response from his party.

Ma, who stepped down on May 20 after eight years, applied to the presidential office early this month for permission to make a trip on June 15 to the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city.

He was to deliver a keynote speech at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards.
Ma, an advocate of rapprochement between Taiwan and China, was to have spoken about cross-strait relations and the Northeast Asia situation, according to his office.

But the office of new President Tsai Ing-wen, from the China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), rejected his application, which was reviewed by a special panel grouping senior officials from various government agencies.

The DPP trounced Ma's Kuomintang party in presidential and parliamentary elections in January.

"The presidential office has decided not to approve the former president's application," Tsai's spokesman Alex Huang told reporters.

Huang termed Ma's application as "sensitive", "unique" and "crucial in a national security perspective".
"The former president had been in charge of or in contact with massive amounts of top state secrets, and the plan came about less than a month after his retirement," Huang said.

"Hong Kong has been a highly sensitive area considered from Taiwan's national security point of view," he said, adding Ma must respect a state secrets law introduced in 2003.
Here's the very key part of the article:

Quote:But public sentiment in Taiwan has recently turned against closer ties with Beijing, with voters saying trade deals have been agreed in secret and not benefited ordinary citizens.

Ma's party forgot that going behind the citizen's backs was a colossal mistake.

Most of these politicians still haven't gotten it yet.  The citizenry want more input into their own future, and they want it to be LOCALLY, not from some distant "one size fits all" mentality.  I'm going to keep preaching this til I am blue in the face.  PRC had better be careful, because it is so huge and so corrupt, and oh so inefficient.  Eventually it too will feel the effects of independence within its mainland.  

The time is coming, and no amount of ancient history is going to change it.  Almost all of us look at PRC as one language, one thinking, one tribe, and one everything.  But it isn't.  Its a combination of many different tribes, who call themselves Chinese.  That's all.  

The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and PRC is going to feel this effect before its all over.  Unfortunately, the chances of bloody civil war are far more likely in People's Republic than anyplace in the world.  Its going to be one mess when it begins to split apart.  And the longer this take to occur, the more bloody it will be.  Taiwan is doing the right thing: keep their distance as they have since leaving the Communists.
All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
H. L. Mencken
It looks like Taiwan and CCP may about to enter a major conflict. And if so, guess who will be drawn into it all?

US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan
All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
H. L. Mencken

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