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PostSubject: Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold   Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:12 am

Re: Taipei Times 1/20/16
Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/01/20/2003637630

In arguably the most bizarre reaction to the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) electoral defeat on Saturday, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) has resigned in spite of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) objection, and even turned the president away from his residence in the process.

Details began to surface late on Monday after Ma was said to have left a message with Mao’s wife, asking the premier to stay on until Ma can persuade the Democratic Progressive Party to form a new Cabinet after it won both the presidency and control of the Legislative Yuan.

Presidential Office spokesperson Charles Chen (陳以信) said that Ma went to Mao’s residence, but did not find him there.

Ma then asked the premier’s wife to convey the message, asking Mao to “put the interest of the nation first and to hold his position” until the Cabinet’s resignation is approved, Chen said.

It later transpired that Mao was home, but he sent his wife out to meet Ma, without letting the president in.
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Ma was not let into the house and had to leave after waiting for five minutes in cold weather.

Shortly after that, Mao left home for the Executive Yuan compound for a special meeting, during which he announced the Cabinet’s resignation en masse.



Pretty much an historical first; sitting president pays house call on appointed head of cabinet and is told to leave.  The former ruling party of China KMT is borderline defunct 68 years after exiling to Taiwan. Poor old Ma Yong Jeou, left holding the bag, is actually one of their cleanest and most loyal players; not as bad a fellow as he's been cast and framed.



Maybe secret service type duty while studying at Harvard has come back to haunt him.
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PostSubject: Re: Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold   Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:06 pm

"Leaves Ma out in the cold" is one of those jewy cryptic headlines.  Did he secretly meet someone somewhere cold (Xi or Putin?), and they're letting him know they know?

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PostSubject: Re: Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold   Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:44 am

Well, for a figure of speech, this use of the expression was a pretty literal exception.

In this case 'Staff Writer' likely means unnamed westerner, one who'd coyly engage that metaphor, especially given how the Taipei Times rabidly anti KMT and yet still unable to publish an editorial directly questioning the legitimacy of China's claims over the island.  



So, yes, you'd tend to wonder sometimes about implied meanings.
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PostSubject: Re: Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold   Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:20 am

Have to admit, this makes me realize how little I know of Chinese politics.
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PostSubject: Re: Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold   Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:46 pm

FrontierJustice wrote:
Have to admit, this makes me realize how little I know of Chinese politics.

War-lording and corruption was the way since the dawn, but slowly eradicated over the last 75 years, and now westernized Xi's new China changes day by day.  Can't be known.

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PostSubject: Re: Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold   Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:55 pm

wag wrote:
Can't be known.

Xu Jun tell you.  Vely simple, you dum-dum.  Is China way, like Tao.  Everybody know this!

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PostSubject: Re: Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold   Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:27 am

Taiwan, with a new opposition government waiting in the wings until May and pro-China unification elements reeling from election defeat, is especially vulnerable to a manner of sellout from within and it's forces totally unable to square off with the Philippines, nevermind a robust and pumped up China attack force.  

While siding anew with the US seems at first like a solution to the current lack of resolve, and a way to enhance general security at a time when some top military officials are about ready to move to Nanjing and likely getting under the table offers, Taiwan will surely bend to the well-established fear of big brother mentality and refuse closer cooperation with Washington.  

Let's just say American might not be there for Taiwan either ... anyway.  

Re: Taipei Times 1/22/16
US policy limits Taiwan’s role in ‘rebalance’
By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/01/22/2003637790

The study said that Taipei would welcome a major role, primarily because it would help bind the US to Taiwan and increase confidence that Washington would come to the nation’s aid in a crisis.

“The US remains reluctant to include Taiwan in war planning or to coordinate with Taiwan militarily,” the study said.

The study said this reluctance is due to the US assessment that the benefits of closer collaboration with Taiwan are outweighed by the risks of an extreme Chinese reaction.



China has not really had much to say about Saturday's election results so far.  It's one of those deafening silence things.
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PostSubject: Re: Premier Mao resigns, leaves Ma out in cold   Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:43 am

Whatever led up to the outcome, and continues to play out, probably reflects more than one of the many Sun Tzu Art of War maxims.  Deception obviously has levels below the obvious and near obvious.  Taiwan almost certainly not turning toward the politically troubled US at this point.

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