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Yes, Ma Ying-jeou, makes U.S. disappoint January 27, 2016

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According to AIT, America is ‘’disappointed‘’ because President Ma Ying-jeou plans to travel to Taiping Island in South China Sea.

Ma Ying-jeou should make his trip to Taiping Island (太平島)a very big deal and bring as many officials with him as he can. Make sure that he brings all members of the presidential press corp with him as well. Give them a tour, treat them with a good meal and let them see the military base too. Make a statement about the history of the island and tell the U.S. to take its nation building business to somewhere else: like the Middle East.

America has been, and still is, messing around into other people’s business all over the world, politically, economically, and, worse, militarily, and many countries are suffering from the hegemony.

Someone has to stand up against the encroachment.

It is Ma Ying-jeor’s turn this time.

馬英九, the apologist-in-chief July 25, 2013

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馬英九, the apologist-in-chief

Taiwan’s president, 馬英九 who moonlights as 國民黨’s’ party chief, has another job: Taiwan’s apologist-in-chief. Apologizing on behalf of the government for something he didn’t do has become one of the job descriptions of Taiwan’s president.

Well, he did it again about two weeks ago. This time a soldier by the name of 洪仲丘was dead because his sergeant(s) harassed the poor guy for days. They refused to stop even though 洪仲丘was totally stressed out under extremely heat.

Well, what usually took place was this: when a person in his cabinet or a branch of his government did something wrong, 馬英九would first make a statement on national TV condemning the terrible activity. Next, he’d make a deep bow and maintain the posture for a few seconds to show his sincerity and seriousness. He’d then apologize to the citizens of Taiwan for his lack of leadership and take full responsibility for what went wrong under his watch indicating that the buck stops at his lap. He’d then say something about personally looking into the matter according to the law and vow to get to the bottom of the matter soon; in Chinese parlance: 盡快給大家一個交待。

This kind of routine performance repeats itself again and again like a broken record to the detriment of his image and the presidency. Every time when I read this on the Internet or heard it from someone else, I couldn’t help but cringe and really feel sorry for him. Unfortunately, once he started the practice a few years back, he has no other choice but to continue the performance so that the opposition will get off from his back. I am not sure whether this has something to do with the oriental culture or he got the tips from Japanese CEOs or politicians.


What should have been done was this: if something went wrong with his administration, the superior(s) of the guilty person(s) should take full responsibility because馬英九can’t be and should not be expected to know everything that goes on in his administration. He simply can’t and this is common sense! President’s spokesman can follow up with a statement to the effect that the president has appointed his key deputy looking into this matter. At the same press conference, the deputy should brief the press and bring them up-to-date of what has happened so far and tell them that he’ll keep them informed when new information is available.

In other words, people who work for 馬英九should do everything they can to shield the president from the press and from the opposition party. Instead, whenever something bad happened, his people pushed him to the front of the TV cameras and make him the scapegoat to the delight of the opposition party. What these people did degrades the presidency, damages 馬英九’s image and destroys 馬英九’s approval ratings.

What a bunch of fools! I really feel sorry for 馬英九!

馬英九, why don’t you give it a try? It might actually work!


馬英九’s government is a no-gut, middle of the road, government December 30, 2011

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馬英九’s government is a no-gut, middle of the road, government

Taiwan has been plagued by elections at many levels: they cost too much, they raised the hatred between party loyalists; the blues and the greens, and they kept the society in general on edge because of constant uncertainty in the political system.

A few months back, the current government, under 馬英九, decided to look into combining the upcoming presidential and legislator elections. Instead of deciding the outcome based on its own merit, the government chose to conduct a survey to see how popular this idea was. And to raise the bar a little further, the government conducted a press conference to make sure every voting citizen knew about this.

Well, the survey came out positive as shown by this picture from the Chinese World Journal and sure enough the elections were combined into one to be held in mid January, 2012.

Chinese has a perfect term for this kind of behavior: “牆頭草” “qiang2 tou2 cai3,” or grass on top of a wall. It bends both ways depending on the directions of the prevailing political wind.

Same can be said about 馬英九’s decision not to continue with the chemical plant in central Taiwan because he catered to the demand of the environmental group before the election. Ditto on Taiwan’s nuclear power plants.

The decision was also influenced by the decision of the opposition party which came out against both projects. I thought this was a very unwise move because it will

  • Further reduce the Taiwanese economy to a serviced-based economy for generations.
  • Continue relying on imports for necessary chemicals from foreign countries such as Singapore, and
  • Eliminate high-paying jobs which are desperately needed in a society filled with low-paying jobs such as taxi drivers and foot massagers.

It demonstrate once again that politicians such as 馬英九, have a pair of weak knees and they bend easily just like a “牆頭草.”

Unification of China and Taiwan May 3, 2011

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To resolve the issue of unifying China and Taiwan once and for all, the Chinese government has to deal with Democratic Progressive Party 民主進步黨 (DPP) “ming2 zhu3 jin4 bu4 dang3” directly because that’s where the major opposition is.

Before any face-to-face negotiation between China and DPP begin, DPP has to win the upcoming presidential election in January 2012 so that the party can negotiate in the position of power.

Based on its recent primary presidential debates, 民主進步黨 or 民進黨 has effectively walked out of the shadow of its previous president, 陳水扁 “chen2 shui3 bian3,” who, along with his family members and his subordinates, has embezzled billions of dollars while in the office. They have been found guilty and some of them, 陳水扁 included, are currently serving jail sentences.

陳水扁 has tried as much as he could to change the small island country into an independent Taiwan when he was in the office from 2000 to 2008. His effort was mostly in vain because Taiwan could not and can not shake off the military threat from China if Taiwan try to break away.

The current chairwoman of 民進黨 , 蔡英文 “cai4 ying1 ewen2”, has managed to get rid of the image of a corrupt party and has waged a series of successful elections in the last couple of years.

馬英九 “ma3 ying1 jiu3”; the current president of Taiwan, as expected has moved to the center judging by his recent actions. He of course was trying to attract voters in the middle. He came out recently denouncing a major petrochemical project in order to please the environmentalists despite the strategical importance of this mega project to the future of Taiwan. Although he has significantly improved the relationship between China and Taiwan with the enactment of ECFA and direct links between two sides in transportation/tourism, mail and business, his lack of leadership and managing skills are putting his presidency in serious jeopardy.

After a series of debates, 蔡英文 has been nominated (based on polls) as 民進黨’s presidential candidate, the first female presidential candidate of Taiwan.

Now, let the fight between 馬英九 and 蔡英文 begin without 馬英九 playing the America card and without China’s influences. The way I see it is that the election is 馬英九‘s to lose and 馬英九‘s second term is by no means guaranteed.

If 馬英九 loses, he will be the last 外省人 “wai4 shen3 ren2” president in Taiwan. If he is re-elected, he will not be able to face the unification issue because he is easily intimidated and lack leadership and guts to make any significant progress in this thorny issue. He will be called all names on the book by 本省人and he will be too sacred to touch this issue with a 10-foot pole.

If DPP‘s 蔡英文 comes out on top, the real negotiation between China and Taiwan (reads 本省人) on unification can begin even if it doesn’t happen during 蔡英文‘s first term.

I am hopeful that some form of unified China will come true because DPP and, by extension, 本省人 have recognized that they have to face this issue squarely.

The military threat on Taiwan from China is like the magical headband on Monkey King 孫悟空‘s “sun1 wu3 kong1” head. All China has to do is to casually remind Taiwan of its predicament and Taiwan has to give up any intention of becoming a separated nation.

In 西遊記 “xi1 you2 ji4” or Journey to the West, Monkey King 孫悟空 was a powerful monkey who swore to protect his master 唐三藏 “tang2 san1 zang4.” As powerful as 孫悟空 was, all 唐三藏 had to do is to read a special chant and  the band would tighten and cause unbearable pain to 孫悟空 ‘s head. And it would bring 孫悟空 into obedience without exception.

Since Taiwan can not escape this headband, Taiwan might as well deal with it because China’s military threat will not go away with or without America’s interference. With Obama ceding the world leadership position and with America in no position to start a new war against China, 馬英九 may not be able to play his American card as effective as before.

I will watch this election with special interests.

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