Thursday 15 November 2007

Did she really just say that?

As part of their new campaign for UN membership, the Taiwan post office has been stamping outgoing post with a "Taiwan for UN" postmark. According to an article in yesterday's Taipei Times, Mainland Chinese officials object to this and are returning all post bearing the marks to Taiwan as

"Taiwan authorities preaching `Taiwan independence' through postal services has infringed on Taiwan compatriots' freedom of communication," said Fan Liqing (范麗青), a spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office.

"This has seriously impaired the exchanges of letters between people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, as well as Taiwan people's exchanges with other parts of the world," Fan told reporters.

The FOARP does not see Taiwan/China disputes as any business of his and frankly finds the whole thing deadly boring, but he does care about reasoned argument, and this is the kind of logic that can get pretty tiring pretty quickly.

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