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Fear and loathing in Beijing

The 'People's Republic' is not at all happy about recent edits to textbooks in the Republic of China, more commonly known as Taiwan:

"On instructions from Taiwan's "ministry of education", terms like "our country," "this country" and "the mainland" in the textbooks have been changed to "China". "We've noticed the developments. The political motive behind it is to transform the island's education into an ideological tool for 'Taiwan independence'," Yang Yi, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, told a regular briefing. "Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. No matter what tricks the secessionist forces play, they cannot change the fact." Yang also condemned Taiwan's "national palace museum" for removing all the labels that identify half a million exhibits as originating from the Chinese mainland, calling it a "despicable act".

The inverted commas appear in the original. Were I Chen Shui-bian, the President of the Republic, I might be tempted to engage in a little symbolism tit for tat with the thugs in Beijing.

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Anonymous verity said... 9:21 pm

This is O/T but it has a Chinese theme, so it may be OK.

I was talking to a friend in Singapore last evening and in the course of chit chat I mentioned this awful new super casino in Britain and how senseless it is and how it will lower the quality of life of those living in the area, etc. I said that the British people were opposed to these casinos.

Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather when she said, "Us, too." Whaaaaaa????

It seems they're getting two big casinos in Singapore. I couldn't believe it! Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, son of Lee Kuan Yew, is bringing casinos into Singapore? Has the world gone mad?

Well, being Chinese, he just can't stop thinking about ways to make money - as though Singapore weren't already rolling in gravy - but apparently, the Chinese in China are getting so affluent that they are looking for somewhere to gamble. And, of course, they prefer a Chinese environment and a country with a clean record for honest dealing. So Singaporeans are getting casinos whether they want them or not.

Just a little point of interest.  



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