Thursday, December 22, 2005

Random Round-up

In today's glance at my daily blogs (see blogroll at right), I found three good posts worthy of linking. Since I don't have much to add on any of the three, I'll just provide the links.
  • Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Aso is the second Japanese official in to call China a threat recently. (East Asia Watch, Breit Bart)

  • Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou was interviewed by Newsweek. The answers were perfect, but so were the questions--a little too perfect. (The View From Taiwan)

  • Korean sources bring us details about China's newest boomer--the Type 94--due to achieve initial operating capability in the next few months. (The Marmot's Hole)

Excerpt from the Ma interview:
ADAMS: The DPP lost a lot of ground to your party in the recent elections. Are you pleased?
MA: We did well, but not because the KMT has really improved itself. Rather, the DPP has become so corrupt, and so inept, that people have lost confidence in them.

ADAMS: Under your leadership, the KMT seems well positioned to reclaim the presidency in 2008. How would your party change Taiwan's relations with China?
MA: The DPP is somewhat handicapped by their ideology. They have to keep a distance from mainland China. They have been very timid, very conservative and very reserved in pushing ahead a productive policy toward the Chinese mainland. If the KMT is able to get back in power, we will open up direct flights with the mainland in two years. That's critical to Taiwan's economy.

Go read the View From Taiwan post for Michael Turton's insight.

Update: David of Jujuflop also posted on the Ma interview.