I get your point but then I think judges then have the responsibility to stop referendums from happening instead of nullifying the results later on.
"These people will refuse to acknowledge Chinese citizenship to avoid being forcibly repatriated," said Kayum Masimov, president of the Montreal-based Uyghur Canadian Society. "They will simply refuse to talk. They fear for their safety."
"Many of the suspected Uighurs were growing impatient. 'They're under pressure,' [the police major] said. 'They want to go somewhere but they don't want to go back to China.'"
when the economy is doing badly, the top dogs can either choose to tell the truth or obscure the data. by choosing to obscure the data, this can only generate more suspicion that the truth is actually much worse than what journalists are currently printing about the economy.
it's a self fulfilling prophecy...why introduce even more doubt when many economists believe things are on a downward trend? unless of course, the truth is MORE damaging than the suspicion generated by obscuring data. which leads me to believe that things are actually pretty bad. foreign economists will no doubt agree, and this will hurt capital inflows, which then hurt GDP, which then results in more non-performing loans, and so on. it's a bad cycle. see Argentina for a good example of how obscuring the data works out.
they're never going to fix the mess until they start telling the truth. this weird anti-foreign paranoia helps no one.
#china #pboc #finance
I know the US supports its share of odious regimes, but come on, North Korea is crazy bad. No good can come of supporting these guys.
Japan: Taiwanese people love Japan, Japanese brands, Japanese culture, etc. Taipei looks more like a Japanese city than any Chinese city. Taiwan signed an agreement last year with Japan that more or less promises they won't fight each other over resources in the East China Sea.
How could Taiwan manage a union with China, which HATES everything about Japan? If Beijing declares war on Japan, bases on Taiwan would be some of the first places attacked. China would seriously have to worry about Taiwanese collaborators. Japan - perhaps more than the US - will be a force pushing to keep the status quo in Taiwan. I think it's possible they could intervene if there is a violent takeover.
The Hong Kong Model: The author lists Hong Kong as a model that Taiwan could follow when joining China. But Hong Kong is a total political mess, and Taiwan is well aware of this. The HK electoral system is stacked so only pro-CCP parties can win power, by giving half of the legislative seats to big business (only half of the legislature is elected based on geography). Beijing promised universal suffrage for choosing the Hong Kong Chief Executive in 2017...but only Beijing gets to choose the candidates. Newspaper editors who criticize the party get stabbed by mafia types or have their warehouses lit on fire. Why on earth would Taiwan want anything to do with that? This is not even mentioning the stress that mainland Chinese have put on Hong Kong services like schools and hospitals.
Until China can establish peaceful relations with its neighbors, there is no reason Taiwan would want to be a part of that. Why join with China only to be dragged into needless wars in Vietnam, the Philippines, or Japan? Also, Beijing's grip on Hong Kong has only gotten tighter as time goes on. The media censors itself and the legislature is rigged to let Beijing supporters win. So, "one country two systems" comes off as a total farce. Beijing is shooting themselves in the foot by treating HK this way. Taiwan is watching.
"China wanted German officials to go to Japan and tell them how to cope with history, the source added."
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