Taiwan and Politics
I had a discussion with a friend who lives in Asia and used to live in China last night and thought that it might make for an interesting note for the blog since many of you. are interested in China.
On Saturday, November 26, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has been pushing for significantly more independence from Mainland China (PRC), only won five of Taiwan’s 22 municipalities while the opposition Kuomintang party (KMT), which favors rapprochement with the PRC scored a massive upset, winning the other 17.
What are we to make of this? The phone discussion, which lasted over an hour had us both rehearsing the history of the KMT, of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the Chinese Nationalist politician, who served as the leader of the Republic of China from 1928 to his death in 1975 – until 1949 in mainland China and from then on in Taiwan. I don’t have much nice to say about Chiang Kai-shek. I have fewer nice things to say about Mao (mousey tongue). The blood and horror brought to China by those two can’t be calculated. When you toss the Empire of Japan into the mix, it’s a lot like hell.
When I think of the Republic of China, I don’t think of the freedom-loving people who are portrayed in that light by Fox News. I think of another group of oligarchs, intent on keeping their rice bowl intact.
If there are any readers here who don’t think that the PRC has infiltrated the Island of Formosa/Taiwan 100%, you are naive. The question of the Republic of China and its relationship with the People’s Republic of China is more of a battle of oligarchs. The KMT win is not really a win for the PRC as it’s portrayed in the PRC-influenced media. It reflects a philosophy of one country, two systems, which has been the reality on the ground in Taiwan for most of my life. It’s about turf. It’s about microchips, etc.
The US has put its thumb on the scale with Taiwan, but ask yourself about the nature of the US. Are we a one-party state (an administrative state)? Is the presence of two primary parties only fiction? Are the candidates who win elections in the US the candidates who hold office? Who runs the USA? Is it We the People? Do some soul-searching if you think that it still is. We can send spacecraft to the ends of the Solar System but we can’t count votes…
How does that apply to China and Taiwan? Think about that too.
Yes, China is far more likely to invade Russia and seize its natural resources east of the Urals than they are to nuke Taiwan.
* I tried to watch the series Peripheral. I really did. The repellant transexual cast member, Alexandra Scott Billings (age 62 – old drag queen) simply put me off so much that I could go no further. Some of you took me to task gently when I suggested that the series was too woke. Sorry, it just is. The other actor who put me off was T’Nia Miller. I can only use the word repellant here too. I could endure T’Nia Miller (barely) but the drag queen simply ended my interest.
* Star Trek – People who say “Star Trek was always political,” say that because they don’t understand the difference between a political message and a philosophical one.
Older Star Trek shows asked questions like, “Could you sacrifice yourself or others to save countless others?”, “How do our moral codes fare when faced with the horrors and harsh realities of war?”, “What makes a person with rights?”. Modern Trek, on the other hand, doesn’t ask questions. It provides pat answers, sanitized and pre-packaged, with no thinking required. It doesn’t ask, “What would you do if you were in this situation?” It says, flat out, “If you don’t think and act and believe precisely as our writing staff thinks and acts and believes, then you are a bad person and a cartoonish caricature villain.” They can’t present an issue without also presenting the Correct Solution to it. Because if the viewers are left to their own devices, if they are left to figure it out for themselves, to think for themselves, then they might choose the Wrong Answer. So the Right Answer needs to be hamfisted in and then used to bludgeon the viewer over the head until they either accept it or give up and go away.
And that is the death of good storytelling. Yes, I went away.
* Disney corporate president Karey Burke says, “as the mother [of] one transgender child and one pansexual child,” she supports having “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories” and wants a minimum of 50 percent of characters to be LGBTQIA and racial minorities. Disney’s new and former CEO Bob Iger has said that he wants to calm things down. Who will win?
* And how will you wrap that Christmas gift for the one you love? A suggestion?
* Is the FBI tracking the cell phones of Republicans? Of course. A bombshell report by the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) revealed the “vast, secretive” partnership between private companies and the federal government to surveil and track the movements of millions of Americans. Would you expect less from a political secret police force?
* Hollywood should remake Back to the Future 2 where there are no flying cars. In the remake, everyone would sit around all day at high-priced coffee shops, staring at their cellphones and being offended.
* From Zerohedge – Rahm Emanuel, the US Ambassador to Japan delivered his remarks in a speech titled, “Democracy vs. autocracy: You are going to see 2022 as an inflection point in the success of democracy.” It was a serving of all the usual globalist talking points, but it seems that the Asian delegates weren’t too impressed. A former Japanese official challenged Emanuel: “What is the ambassador saying? We must engage China. If we force countries to choose sides, the Southeast Asian nations will choose China. The key is not to force them to choose.”
A veteran member from the Philippines said, “When two elephants fight to the death, we will all be dead. And the question is, what for?” Commission’s executive committee member and next director of the Asia Pacific Group Masahisa Ikeda said, “We feel that the U.S. policy toward Asia, especially toward China has been narrow-minded and unyielding…”
Although the language of the discussions was diplomatic, it was clear that Asian delegates largely reject the American policy towards Asia. Overall, the gathering was described as “nervous that the world is heading in the wrong direction,” that “the problem is America” and that “It’s the U.S. penchant for exporting its ideology that is the main concern for many.”
The fact that this diplomatic confrontation took place at the Trilateral Commission gathering is extraordinary and very significant. The commission was co-founded in July of 1973 by David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and a group of American, European, and Japanese bankers, public officials, and academics including Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker.
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