Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Legacies Meant To Be Broken

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A joint visit to Beijing should have been a challenge for local government heads to accomplish on their own initiative and resources, because officials at county and special municipality levels do not have guaranteed access to channels of communication with Chinese officials, the official said. 
However, a meeting organized by the TAO would be able to guarantee the necessary access to high-level Chinese officials, as well as create the parameters for what could and could not be discussed, with the group “not having to do anything beyond show up,” the official said.In response to the delegation’s call for expanding cross-strait tourism and cultural exchanges, Beijing issued an eight-point statement in less than a day, the official said. 
“The clever and speedy way in which the meeting was handled shows that the TAO had invested heavily in it,” the official said. 
(Some Say) recent KMT delegation to China orchestrated by Beijing (Taipei Times)

It’s no coincidence that Renho’s detractors are the same people who are against allowing a female emperor. “Pure blood” ideology is at the root of Yawata’s philosophy — the “scoop” about Renho’s dual nationality was merely a delivery device. The law means nothing to them because their faith is invested in an occult mythos about the unbroken Imperial line. Kosugi insists these beliefs amount to “racism,” since they limit the rights of some people born and raised in Japan due to genetics. Asahi reported on July 6, 2014 — well before the Renho controversy — that the pure blood faction wants to kick out permanent Korean residents as well as anyone with dual citizenship by making all Japanese sign a loyalty oath. They are not just rightists, said the paper, they are “anachronisms.”
Uyoku fulminations against Renho come from an atavistic, venal, and unfortunately poorly contested tradition in Japanese politics (Japan Times)

By the time war broke out in Sri Lanka, fisheries on the Indian side had begun to show signs of strain. Around the same time, in an effort to clamp down on smuggling, the Sri Lankan government enacted strict limits on its northern fishermen, prohibiting night fishing and restricting them to 10-horsepower outboard engines (later raised to 15), which left them bound to the shoreline. Even as they aided Sri Lankan refugees in finding safe harbor on the Indian side of the strait, Indian fishermen took advantage of the political chaos, crossing into Sri Lanka’s territorial waters to exploit their largely abandoned marine resources. That’s when violence on the strait began in earnest. 
In Rameswaram, I heard it said repeatedly that Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen are like brothers. But even siblings will come to blows when there’s not enough food on the table.
Waning supply has Indian and Sri Lankan Prawn fishermen in the Palk Strait at each other's throats (Slate)

The lack of diversification of the Mongolian economy away from commodities has been the primary trigger for its economic collapse. In 2013, mining accounted for nearly 90 percent of the country’s total exports. Mongolia has felt acute economic pain as a result of the diminishing economic growth and demand next door in China, its largest economic market and investor. But even with a slow recovery in global commodity prices, Mongolia faces immense challenges as it tries to rebound. Cumbersome mining regulations and a lack of transparency have also driven many foreign investors away.
Mongolia as exemplar of the Resource Curse (World Politics Review)

"You bombed our country, therefore we had to leave it and come here and we became part of you," explains Phitsamay Uy, a professor of education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. "You educated us to know what our civic duties are. And this is how we contribute back. To make America great again, we're going to make America accountable for the actions they've done.”
PRI's Otherhood on how the secret war in Laos created a new generation of Americans who reformed Southeast Asia policy

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