When it comes to Chinese-speaking pastors and the Chinese government, the Chinese are very non-communicative. It’s a shame and a sham, literally—a shame because of the “Shame” culture that can’t man-up to face hard talks and a sham because it’s always hiding some greater aspiration of self-indulged grandeur. China’s boasts of its “great cities” show enough, along with God’s determination to humble the proud with the stampede that killed 36 in Shanghai, now being spun by Chinese media.
Taiwan’s KMT leadership also announces that the press must stand behind the red tape—interestingly literal as it is figurative. When reporters want to understand the reason for a public demonstration, the police will escort witnesses to be interviewed. Not to worry, they will surely choose a fair balance. With this, the KMT definition of “free” will be very difficult for many people to understand—and no matter what the KMT says, the Taiwanese press will probably not be satisfied. In Mark Twain immortal words, “Never argue with people who buy ink by the barrel.” Is the KMT trying to prove Twain more right than he already has, are they trying to lose the next election even more than the last, or are they trying to encourage Beijing that they may be on the same page when it comes to protests and press.
An article (US-China preparing for war) agreed that the thesis of the Prelude is correct. Not that it would be news, because you already read it here first, but the argument is interesting: China is non-communicative. This is something that Chinese culture may never understand about American culture, pastors or government: Br’er Rabbit said to the tar baby, “I said, ‘Howdy!'” Americans know what came next. Chinese, well… Though Br’er Rabbit got in a mess, he always manages to get thrown into his briar patch, something else that China may never understand… Not until there is a war. Which means that they will understand, just as they will communicate.
US v China
…historic, not for 36 years.
…with comment on another article:
Beijing resistance to democracy movements wasn’t just in Hong Kong, but also at home…
…And control of media is also seen in Taiwan…
…Taiwanese who made a speech to support Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong
- After 36 years, the ROC national flag flies again at US Twin Oaks (wantchinatimes.com)
- New Taipei Mayor Tells Police Chief to Protect Falun Gong or Lose Job (theepochtimes.com)
- Internet Referendum On Taiwan’s Sticky Relations With China? (forbes.com)
- China vows no change in developing ties with Taiwan (nvonews.com)
- Ties with Taiwan intact despite poll results: China envoy (channelnewsasia.com)
- Two Myths About KMT’s Defeat in Taiwan’s Local Elections (thediplomat.com)
- Taiwan’s voters say ‘hands off’ (japantimes.co.jp)