Saturday, May 23, 2020

A Contrast with Carrie Lam

in ideals and governance only. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文 still has the appearance and demeanor of an older Chinese (or in this case Taiwanese) woman, like Carrie Lam. It appears that those who backed Taiwan independence were right all along, though it is not obvious that they will be able to defend themselves from China. A nuclear attack sub or two, or some missiles with warheads would be useful, but receiving any from the US may be judged to be too provocative and leading to instant war. An announcement after the fact on the other hand...

She is the first unmarried president of Taiwan. Understandable?

The singing at the beginning of the second part of the ceremony reminded me of the PLA and patriotic music that is sung over on the Mainland. Two different sort of "modern" Chinese cultures, heavily influenced by the West. Very little recovery of anything "traditional" in the pomp surrounding the two governments, except maybe the authoritarian mindset.

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