East Asia Forum piece: Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

Forgot to post this up. It’s a pared down, edited version of my Global Asia piece. Actually, it’s really a completely different article, which is why I’m sticking it up separately. I’d like to give the editors at East Asia Forum (based out of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University) a hearty slap on the back for this one. It’s probably the first time in my life I’ve had something tampered with to this extent, and I couldn’t find a single thing to gripe about, which is pretty much unprecedented for this whingeing pom par excellence.

An equally welcome surprise was the appearance of a link to the piece over at Michael Turton’s place. While I remain expunged from the blog roll, it appears I might be edging out of the dog house. It took only a couple of years. Hurrah!   


Taiwan’s friend-buying days are over

Author: James Baron, TaipeiTaiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen faces a dilemma. If she continues her Kuomintang (KMT) predecessor Ma Ying-jeou’s rapprochement with Beijing, she risks enraging independence-minded members of her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The alternative is grimmer — provoking China after years of cordiality. [Read the full article here.]


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