On this page you will find the remnants of my old Taiwan history website. I probably won’t be making very many updates to this page. It is pretty much frozen the way it is.
If interested, you can visit my 1500+ Vintage Formosa image collection here: www.taipics.com
City Landmarks from Space
The area surrounding Taipei 101. This image is the latest from Google Earth. Near the bottom you can see that the Taipei 101 building is only 1/3 completed.
Completed Taipei 101 – larger image
The Taipei 101 area is located near the lower right side. WordPress will only display 445 pixels, so just right click on this to see full width, 500pixels.
Taipei Main Station
For some reason, photos of the old Taipei Main Train Station are difficult to find. After a few years of digging around, I came across a few old postcards on ebay. I planned to do a detailed post of the history of the station, but time and motivation just didn’t materialize. There is a short intro on Wiki if anyone is interested.
The original station was built by the Japanese in 1901.
The second version of the station was built in 1940 also by the Japanese. This station lasted until about 1986 when a new station was built.
The new station opened in 1987 right around the time that I first came to Taiwan. I never really cared for this building. There seems to be a lot of wasted space, the bathrooms are all in the basement, and its always hard to find your way around the underground mazes.
The dirty looking park above is now a concrete plaza with the High Speed Railway Station below it. It seemed like this was under construction for 10+ years. Now it’s finished, but the fountains they built are already broken and there is not enough shaded places for people to sit. In addition, the sidewalk in front of the main bus stop is not wide enough for the amount of people that use that area everyday. Sad to say, but this whole area is poorly planned. Behind the train station on the other side of Civil blvd, there is a huge new building complex going up. (where the green school buidling use to stand in the photo above)
There use to be a very busy and useful walk bridge across ChungHsaio E. Road, but the city took it down about several years ago. Now its somewhat of a hassle to cross the street to the ShinKong Building.
Taipei Railroad Hotel
Years ago, across the street from the Taipei Main Train Station there use to stand the Taipei Railroad Hotel. From the few clues that I can find, It seemed to be premier Taipei hotel from around the turn of the century (1900s) up until WWII when I think it got destroyed in a bombing raid. From the map and photo, it appears that the building was facing the HsinTien river and the entrance way would be on the side of the ShinKong Building that faces the Nova computer center.
This postcard is from 1939 during the Japanese era.
According 1945 US Army map, the Railroad Hotel was located where the Shin Kong Life Tower now stands. The Shin Kong building, built in1993, is 51 stories and is half department store and half office space. It use to be the tallest building in Taiwan, but its been surpassed by the Taipei 101 building and the 83 story Tuntex monstrosity in Kaohsiung. The area around the Shin Kong is all bushibans, or cram schools. The second best computer market in Taiwan (Nova Center) is also nearby. A link to a bigger image of this map can be found on the bottom of this page.
Next to the Shin Kong building is the AsiaWorld department store and the Caesar’s Park Hotel (formerly the Hilton). This photo from the early 70’s shows the Hilton being constructed. The Main Station (hidden from view) is on right side of this photo.
The completed Hilton. Photo from around mid-1970. The small white building behind and to the right of the Hilton, I believe is the YMCA, still in operation today.
This photos shows the Train station on the left. On the right and across the main street, you can see the Hilton, the AsiaWorld Building and the tall ShinKong building. Beneath the grassy area is the underground train station. pic credit
I have a great view of the Shin Kong building from my balcony. Its only 2 subway stops away and in clear view. At night, it’s illuminated and looks like a candle. photo credit
There was another old, semi-famous hotel in Taipei called the Plum Garden Hotel. I believe it was located behind the Main Train Station where the small mini-SunYatSen park now stands. George Kerr mentioned this hotel in his book several times because US Military officers lived there in the 40-50s.
Down the street from the Taipei Main station is the old North Gate. Joseph A. Allen published a detailed account of how early Taipei gates and walls developed: Reading Taipei: Cultural Traces in a Cityscape. I won’t cover the ground he covered, but I’ll add a few pics and comments. Already under construction next to the train station and extending almost to the North Gate is the huge Taipei City Gate project. It will have two towers, one with 50+ floors the over over 70 floors. Incorporated on the ground floor will be the new Taipei city transportation hub. (probably designed to handle all the future PRC tourists). It’s already under construction and will be competed in 2011.
A walk plaza is envisioned to reach from the murky HsienTien River all the way up to Chungshan N. Road and maybe further.
A skyline drawing of the eastern part of the city.
Street view. It looks like it has potential. I just hope they put in some shaded seating.
Bird’s eye view. This drawing does not show the freeway overpass that exits today.You can see on the drawings the city is thinking about turning the rundown, old Railroad HQ building into a city museum. I think this is a great idea, but they should hire some professionals to layout the floorplan. The current city museum “Discovery” located in Taipei City Hall, is really poor quality and boring, imho.
Present day photo. The overpass is an eyesore, but its actually useful for buses to go to Sanchung. I don’t know what they can do to make the traffic flow smoothly if they rip it down. The Northgate itself is located in a awkward location. Perhaps the city should just pick it up and move it 200 feet across the street. In this photo you can see the Taipei Main Railroad station in the background to the right.
Directly underneath the gate are two main subway tunnels. It would be difficult to put in an underpass for buses. Link from [DOT]
The gate some time in the 60’s. The large sign says something about being frugal.
Postcard from around 1935. The large brown building on the right is the Main Taipei Post office and is still in use today. When I first came to Taiwan, I remember seeing big, semi-violent demonstrations against the government in this area.
Postcard from early century time.
The Railroad HQ building is right across the street from the North Gate.
This building has been falling apart for years, but it has a lot of character and potential. There is still a small village of retired railroad workers that lives on the HQ grounds. I think it’s probably one of the last remaining old soldier/gov’t worker villages left in the city. Its amazing this building never went up in a fire. I think the plan is to turn it into a city museum. In the photo above you can see a few of the steel girders the city installed to support for a temporary roof. (photo credit)
Hsimending in the ’70’s
I found these photos on a good site setup by some ex US military guys that use to be stationed here in the early 70s.
Chunghua Rd. circa late 50s
The Chunghua Rd triple decker buildings were still here when I first arrived. I remember buying all kinds of crap there, 10 for NT$100 cassettes, first generation copy software on 5.25 disks, military patches, electronic widgets, etc. The buildings were torn down in the early 90s so the city could put the train tracks and subway tracks underground.
1970’s Dunhua N. Rd.
This is a photo of Dunhau N. Road in Taipei. The large empty lot on the right is where the Bank of America and the Formosa Plastic building now stand. The cross street in the middle is Minsheng E. Rd. I think the building in the upper left is an old Chinese restaurant that is still in operation. On the lower left where all the cars are parked should be the Mandarin Hotel. In fact, I think this photo was taken from the roof or balcony of the Mandarin hotel. At the end of Dunhua N. Rd. is the domestic airport. This photo came from a book published by the Taipei City Department of Information called the “Taipei Photo Album” (ISBN #: 986-00-2205-4)
Past Observations of Life Gone By in Taiwan (since 1987)
A list of some things that have changed in I came to Taipei. I wrote these down a few years ago, they just popped into my head one night. Already there is plenty more to add such as the High Speed Railroad, Taipei 101, the new Taipei Arena, etc.
- Green NT$100 bills. Purple NT$50 bills, Red NT$10 bills, .10/.20/.50 coins.
- Every public payphone had a line of people waiting to make a call.
- Buffalotown, AC/DC and Whiskey GoGo were the cool clubs.
- Wooden Nickel, Ploughman Pub and 3 Faces ARC restaurants were longtime fixtures in Dinghou area.
- Small newspaper/soda/cigarette/bus pass kiosks located everywhere. (pre-711). I especially remember the one in Dinghou area in front of the McDonalds that was there for many years.
- MTVs were the big thing. Shop above the Tatung store on Funxhing/Chunghsaio was the best one. It had both VHS tapes and Laserdiscs.
- Taiwan MPs walking down the street with silver helmets in 4/6 team formations
- Guanghua market was a great used book market. (pre pc days) also antiques.
- Old-time soldiers selling Ta-cha-lo (sic?) lottery tickets everywhere to make money.
- Large DPP demonstrations downtown near main post office.
- Squishy old red tile sidewalks everywhere.
- Anything from China illegal. Anti-Bandit law on record for anyone dealing with China.
- Train tracks running down the middle of town (Civil Blvd). Flagmen on major intersections like Fuxhsing, etc.
- Traintrack overpass on Dunhua road (also gone is the one going towards Banqiao in Wanhua area.
- Triple level junk/electronic/cassette/clothing shops on Chunghua Rd with walkways.
- Parking lot area in front of Capones use to be hugh recycle/junk garbage area.
- Stray dogs/dog poop everywhere. Now hardly noticed. Many funky looking dogs with big bodies and short legs.
- Taipei City Hall, 101, Warner Village area was an old disused military base. Walls with gun slots could be seen on corner of Keelung Rd/ChungHsaio Rd for many years. (add: now Warner village has been renamed already).
- Neihu computer headquarters area was a huge, unused field/floodplain.
- Large, haystack size piles of stinky garbage (with rats) on every street corner for pickup.
- The basement AsiaWorld movie theater on Minsheng E. Rd. was one of the best. Universal movie theater (Nanjing E. Rd) was also good.
- Next to Mingyao dept store there was a great mini foodstall for Arabic kabob sandwiches that was there for years.
- Old foodcourts in Nanjing Rd and Shilin were dirty, but much more interesting.
- Junk cars parked everywhere, hard to find a parking spot.
- National Assembly still in power, old 100yr old mainlanders sleeping in their chairs.
- Flying Boxcar airplanes could be seen flying around.
- Air raid drills every so often. (getting stuck on a non-ac bus for 1hour was no fun).
- Ratty old silver buses with maniac drivers. Bus-cards were paper and driver would clip after each use
- Best computer bookstore was Dunhua S. Rd and Xinyi Rd 3rd Fl above Lotto fastfood.
- Cetra (Trade Data) was located on 4th floor of Formosa Plastic Bld. (Dunhua N. Rd.)
- Fire in Formosa Plastic Building, 3 airplane crashes, Typhoons Herb & Nari the worst.
- Foreign affairs police dept was on Nanjing W. Rd. Near Dihua Rd. (must have tax stamp for exit permit).
- First internet accounts used trumpet winsock and SLIP. (dialup, get number, dialback).
- First cellphone account cost $25K plus had to be on 6 month waiting list to get a number.
- 10pm curfew for all airplanes arriving in Taiwan. (no landings after 10pm).
- Mom/Pop stores everywhere (pre Family/Niko/Highlife markets). Only a handful of 7-11s.
- Stuckey’s pizza/mojo fries on Kwangfu near SYS park. Roundtable pizzas, Hardy’s, Wendy’s. ICRT listenable at the time.
- San-mu-san was a hidden jewel (Beitou Rd. hotspring) now overrun and remodeled.
- Hardly any foreigners.
- Da’an Park was old soldier village. Then torn down and rubble field for 3-4 years.
- Old Eslite on Ren’ai Traffic circle with cool art dept downstairs.
- Old soldier villages also across the street from WTC, Linsen Rd., Chunghsaio Rd. sec 3 and Yuanshan.
- Exotic animal market where Ford dealership is on Xinsheng/Xinyi Rd., animals also could be found on Linsen N. Rd. (Orangutans, bats, weird critters)
- White Piageo scooters with twist gears shifters were everywhere.
- Blind people 1am in morning walking down street calling for massage services.
- Mobile vendors on street with special call signs for different types of food, screen repairs, etc.
- Only one bus service from airport, had to run through airport to get in line first, else 300+ people in line.
- Old men with tri-scooters or pullcars with household items for sale.
- Everyone worn the same black sweatpants with blue stripe around ankle. (still around).
- Pushing/shoving (x100 level) to get anything done. Now it is a piece of cake.
- Young kids didn’t wear bling or act like wannabe gangstas. Micheal Jackson was king and wearing a glove to a dance club was cool for locals.
- Tattoos only seen on gangsters.
- Panchinko and video games parlors everywhere, Barbershops were whorehouses.
- BeerHouse row in Tianmu
- Lowenbrau beer pub across the street from new Eslite on Anho Rd.
- Site of Westin Hotel on Nanjing use to be a big white stadium (Michael Jackson was last performer i think).
- Huge rubber tree in the middle of the elevated Nanjing/Keelung (Jilong) traffic circle.
- Kiss disco was the place for dancing. (pre luxy/mos/anything else).
This is a rare find, a WWII era Taipei city pedicab that was for sale on ebay. Starting bid was US$4250.
Although pedicabs & rickshaws wouldn’t be practical in Taipei today due to traffic conditions and lack of AC, there is still one place that a pedicab service would be useful – taking people from the Taipei City Hall MRT station to Warner Village entertainment complex. (see map on one of my earlier posts). It’s a long walk that thousands of people take every day.
I gave it some thought as a side biz and even looked into a few companies offering vehicles such as [Velotaxi], but licensing and only small ROI make the idea only a passing thought. Using the vintage pedicabs would have been a bonus and probably would have yielded extra ad $ and extra rental fees from wedding shops, etc. Some more pedicab vendor links can be found [here]
When the US military was in Taiwan from 1951-1977, one of their main bases, the MAAG (Military Assistance Advisory Group) compound, was located on both sides of Chungshan N. Rd. in Taipei. The link above has several fascinating photos from the 70s.
The PX area looking north towards future day Neihu
Read Syd Goldsmith’s talk on Taipei in the 60s and 70s He mentions that the banana republics that had embassies here use to black market all kinds of things from the US PX. (PX is the Post Exchange or main store).
Today, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, a park and a Taiwan military base exist where part of the compound use to be. Above is a Google Map of what’s there now. The red outline is my guess of the general compound area.I don’t think the base when farther east past the present day Hsingsheng overhead freeway, (the one that goes over the open air sewer drain). Towards the west I remember there use to be an old KMT soldiers village near the Yuanshan MRT that was torn down about 7-8 years ago so the base probably didn’t go that far over. There is a large, old sports stadium nearby as well. It’s got to be at least 30 years old, but I’m not sure if it part of the US military base. Directly to the south of the past was the pub zone. Its still in existence today, but its not very popular anymore.
Today, there is now an outdoor roller skating rink where the gas station and car registration building use to be. Behind this is the old soldier village. You can also see where the old Taipei Zoo use to be in the small hill in the background.If you look at the sat image at the very top of this page and locate a small grass area near the top center, that is where the post was in Taipei. A few other good sites with old pictures of Taipei can be found here:
- US Military in Taiwan [Aronsons Journal]
- US Military in Taiwan [LinkouNavy]
- US Military in Taiwan [SkuLinKou]
- US Taiwan Defense Command
- Rick Courtney’s Taipei Military Photos
- Taipei Air Station
The ShuLinkou link (above) in particular is good and has links to the complete history of the ShuLinKou base. You can find photos that show it when it was a Japanese fighter base as well as photos of the old US Military recreation beach called Camp McCauley (I think it was near Chienshan Beach or Wanli – you can see Yelio in the distance). The Linkou Navy site has links and photos of the old combat zone bar area near Shuangcheng Rd.
Apparently there was another airbase located somewhere on the southern end of Roosevelt Road called the [The TaipeiAirStation], but I’ve never heard about it until I read the the site.
There were several other bases all over Taiwan. If you scroll down, you will find some info on these bases in my declassified state department memo post. (including the Tainan Air force where nuclear “Matador” bombs were stored). There were also several Nike Hawk missile batteries here.
Other tibits: Eisenhower was in Taiwan in June 1960, VP LBJ was here in 61, VP Humphrey was here in 66, VP Agnew was here in 70. Clinton was here as well just a year ago. There is a photo of Humphrey in Taiwan here and a photo of Ike in Taiwan here. The Shah of Iran was also here in the last 50s.
Nike Missile Batteries from the ’50s
This site details the mission of the 2nd Missile Battalion 71st Artillery (Nike Hercules), U.S. Army, that was deployed to defend Taipei, Taiwan against air attack and invasion during the Taiwan Straits Crisis in September 1958. According to the website, the battalion was was deactivated in August 1959 and taken over by the 1st Taiwanese Missile Battalion. From the photos, it appears that A Battery was located opposite Fishermans Wharf in Tamsui in the old military compound.Here is a short list of some interesting photos that you can find on that site:
- [A photo of CKS inspecting B Battery]
- [Friends of China Club] Where Madame CKS use to eavedrop westerners.
- [Terry’s American Restaurant] with a Taipei bicycle and pedicab street scene.
- [China Post] from Oct 31, 1958
- [Camp Golden Dragon]
- [more photos here] and
[more photos here]
- Photo of the [Taipei American School] from the 50s or 60s. (different site)
1958 edition of the ChinaPost from link above
Chop Suey in Taipei? Check the Terry American Restaurant link above to see this old photo in a larger size. I believe this is the old USAID building located kitty-corner to the presidential building. Check the http://www.taipics.com site for more photos.
Declassified State Department Memos on Taiwan
Or read some of the links below if interested:Top secret telegram:[Conversation with CKK regarding Redeployment of nukes in Taiwan also a follow-up authorization letter from CINPAC to withdraw missiles by end of ’74l and Top secret .pdf doc from ’69 about basing fighter jets at Tainan airfieldWhen told that there were once two types of U.S. nuclear weapons deployed on Taiwan, most Americans are surprised. Matador cruise missiles were first deployed on Taiwan in January 1958; they were removed in mid-1962. The second type were nuclear bombs, which were stockpiled at Tainan air base. The U.S. Air Force had been rotating nuclear-capable F-100 fighter-bombers through Taiwan since 1958, so the bombs were undoubtedly deployed to facilitate access in a crisis. During the 1960s, the air force deployed F-4 fighter-bombers on Taiwan, later putting two to four of them on 24-hour quick-reaction alert. Read [here] and [here]
Eisenhower Ghost Money
There is also lots of info on [Nixon’s and Kissinger’s trip to China]
For example, the Peng Meng-min issue was discussed by Kissinger and Premier Zhou: The largest excised section, focusing on the Peng Meng-min affair, reflects Beijing’s concern about the Taiwanese independence movement. Bitterly opposed to the Nationalist regime imposed by mainlanders led by Chiang Kai-shek, native-born Taiwanese had created an underground pro-independence movement, which elicited sympathetic reactions in the United States. Peng, an international relations professor at National Taiwan University and a former diplomat, had turned into an opponent of Chiang Kai-shek’s dictatorship and a supporter of independence. During the mid-1960s, Peng was arrested on sedition charges and sentenced to eight years in prison, but international protest led to the commutation of his sentence after he had served seven months. Peng remained under close surveillance but secretly fled to Sweden in early 1970, with the help of local supporters and the Swedish chapter of Amnesty International. While in Sweden, Peng applied for a U.S. visa so he could hold a research position at the University of Michigan’s Chinese Studies program.
The Nixon White House had been none too happy about Peng’s visa application — and Vice President Agnew opposed it altogether — but Kissinger and the State Department decided that it was better to approve the visa than face “congressional and public criticism which would prove harmful to U.S. policy” toward Taiwan. Peng’s status as a former participant in Kissinger’s international seminar at Harvard may have softened Kissinger’s attitude in this instance. The State Department granted the visa in September 1970. Plainly, Peng’s status grated on Zhou: he had already brought it up with Kissinger during the secret trip suggesting that the CIA was behind the escape. Zhou brought up the issue of possible U.S. complicity again during the talks with Nixon, but Kissinger denied it and observed that left-wing groups had helped Peng escape. In any event, both Nixon and Kissinger assured Zhou that they would not support Taiwanese independence, although they were careful to note that that they could not use force to halt it if it came to pass. As Zhou suggested, Chiang kai-shek could repress pro-independence forces because the idea of an independent Taiwan was as anathema to him as it was to Zhou. Peng remained a thorn in Beijing’s side; after political conditions on Taiwan had improved, he returned and ran as the presidential candidate of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. While Peng had little chance of winning, the campaign elicited a large Chinese naval demonstration and missile shots over Taiwan, one of the major episodes in the 1995-96 crisis over Taiwan.
[Kissinger’s Second Trip] in 71 to prep for Nixon’s Feb ‘72 visit. (covers how the Shanghai Communique came about). This is trival, but interesting:
Before landing in China, Kissinger and his party remembered that the Lin Biao Affair had occurred just a month earlier and began to worry whether the event would bring an “unpleasant political climate” to their visit…….From the Beijing airport to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the traffic was cut off and the streets were full of police as the American delegation drove through. The Americans also saw several slogans against American imperialism in the streets. After the delegation members entered their hotel rooms, they found that there was a sign in English with the slogan of “People of the World, Unite! Overthrow the American Imperialists and their Running Dogs!” in each room. Kissinger was very displeased and worried that the new and fragile process of the Sino-American reconciliation would be suspended again. He ordered all the signs gathered and handed them to a Chinese protocol officer, telling him that “the dispatches must have been left behind by the delegation who stayed at the hotel before.” The Americans did not react more than this. Premier Zhou was very angry when what had occurred was reported to him. He asked the head of the Protocol Department for the reasoning behind the signs in the hotel rooms. He was told that it was an old custom of the Xinhua News Agency. Afterwards this incident was reported to Chairman Mao. Mao said: “Tell the Americans, these are nothing but empty words.” Subsequently, Premier Zhou would mention the “empty words” Afterwards, Premier Zhou also emphasized that during the meetings that Americans should pay attention to how China acted and not..
This is a complete collection, lots of declassified docs: [New Documentary Reveals Secret U.S., Chinese Diplomacy Behind Nixon’s Trip] which includes this link: [Kissinger’s Secret Trip]
The documents show that general agreement on the Taiwan problem was the sine qua non for Nixon’s trip and diplomatic normalization generally, although Kissinger elided that issue altogether in his memoirs. Nixon was reluctant to give up too much on Taiwan, but he knew that the success of the trip depended on U.S. admission that it did not seek “two Chinas or a “one China, one Taiwan solution.”
This includes an almost complete [transcription of the talks]. Its easy/interesting read.
“Why did we send the Chinese peoples volunteers during the Korea War? Because Truman compelled us. He sent the Seventh fleet in to the Taiwan Straits so that it wasn’t possible for us to recover Taiwan.”
Interesting follow up on [Kissinger’s Treachery towards Taiwan] (warning – end part slants globlist CT ~ but hey, thats who kissinger and gang really are)
“In the transcripts, both Kissinger and Zhou agreed that the relations with the Kuomintang regime on Taiwan were linked to the war in Vietnam. The US was seeking China’s help in ending the war in exchange for Washington’s switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. These transcripts show that in his eagerness to get China’s help in ending the Vietnam War – which didn’t materialize – Mr. Kissinger tried to trade away something that wasn’t his to give away: Taiwan’s future as a free, democratic and independent country.”
Interestingly, it was George Bush who was the UN ambassador at the time and had to deal with the changing of relationships.
Ray Steiner Cline (Born 1919, Harvard Grad, died March 15, 1996 age 77) is an interesting figure in Taiwan history. Several national archive documents about him are still classified. In the future, I’d like to do more research about his life and the dynamics of Asia at that time. For now, I’ve collected a mish-mash of links and tidbits which you can read in the link below.He was the Taiwan CIA station chief from ’58-62 and CCK’s drinking buddy.
He seemed to have his hands in many issues.From Korea, to Cuba, Vietnam, to Taiwan and AirAmerica, opium trading, gun running, contras, Marcos/japanese hidden gold, anticommunist league, china lobby, u2 china overflights, Taiwan agriculture industry, Georgetown University, moonies, neocons and republican fundraising.What I find interesting is how events for 40-50 years ago are still playing out today, especially about China’s intentions regarding Taiwan, China ~ Russian relationships, drug money, etc. Ironically, when he worked with the KMT, the general mission was Anti-communism. Today, the KMT and CCP are bedmates.
Cline on the right with Dulles.
I’m not sure how he is judged in history, On one account, I’ve read he is described as an ignoramous for botching the data on Korea, others comments mention he is a sharp analyst. Cline was with the CIA in London, 1951-3, then was Agency Station Chief on Taiwan until 1962 when he became CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence. In the Johnson Administration he was Station Chief in Germany, and finally left CIA to become Director of State Department Intelligence in 1969.A [Brief History] can be found here.
Scroll down to part 7 to read this tidbit: “Most valuable among the air proprietary assets in Taiwan was a maintenance and repair shop, originally housed in an old navy landing craft brought over from mainland China in 1949. With its well-trained Chinese repair crews it provided the best maintenance service anywhere in the Far East and was a regular money-maker, especially when hostilities in Vietnam picked up in the 1960s.” It ties in with the CAT airlines with Claire Chennault.
[CIA Rollback] This article details the circumstances of CIA spies coming back during the Reagan admin after Carter pushed them out of govt.[France giving in to CCP recognition ’64] This is basically when CKS realized the jig was up to retake the mainland and reunite the KMT ~ I guess. The timing ties into the china abomb, France wanting the US to repay its debt with gold, which later forced Nixon to take the dollar off the gold standard/peg plus France having difficulties with it’s colonies(?) plus the French self-serving attitude. CCK later realized that the only way to unite was via strong economy, which is partly why Taiwan agriculture/IT took off with the help of us hidden assistance. Its more complicated than this simple paragraph, I know.[World Anti-Commie League (WACL)] set up by Cline (partly with some coors $) Later set up a political warfare academy near Peitou with some of the funds.[The Second Taiwan Crisis] *very interesting about spy planes, etc.[US discovering the China Nuke bomb] See doc 20 for telegraphs.[Marcos Gold] -Excerpt from Sterling Seagrave’s book and discussion about Cline, Helliwell, Singlaub. Scroll about 1/4 page down to find article. Seagraves’s other books, Lord of the Rim and The Soong Dynasty mention Ray Cline in a few places. Do a google search and maybe you will come up with specifics.[CIA/Cline Idea of using KMT Troops in Veitnam] (do a find on cline)
[Puppet Emperor Lee Teng-hui] This article slants conspiracy. Larouche makes reference to Lee dealing with the Japan banking syndicates also some reference to the James Soong slander issue. This is off topic, but scratches the surface on who really runs Taiwan. (300 or so elites). Even today, tidbits come out. Jeffrey Koo of ChinaTrust is in financial trouble, but guess what, he is in the USA studing at the Eisenhower Institute. Which Kissinger is part of and James Soong attended.
[CIA Center for Intelligence] If you do a search for “Taiwan” and change the search in “All” to Intelligence Articles, you can find some interesting stuff. Even CIA notes on pinyin [replacing chinese characters], etc. and articles like the one: [Thinking Straight: Cognitive Bias in the US Debate about China][Oil Crusaders] A link that ties in with John Edwards (!)….a man the Bilderberg group want to be the next US president.
[CCK decision to reform Taiwan] a pdf from Standford University.Misc notes:Its interesting to see history repeat itself. (China/Taiwan, nukes, Russian/China vs US).
This example from the 50’s sound almost as if it is today:”Tension mounted rapidly in the Taiwan Strait in late July, with the announcement in Peking (Beijing) of a campaign to “liberate” Taiwan, the shooting down of two Nationalist planes, and reports that the PRC government was moving MIG fighters to airfields in Southeast China near Taiwan where they had not been stationed previously. Vice Admiral Roland N. Smoot, the new Commander, U.S. Taiwan Defense Command, reported on August 4 that Chiang Kai-shek had warned of a pending Communist attack on Taiwan and had asked for the provision of Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, speedup of delivery of F-86 fighter aircraft, stationing a group of U.S. F-100 fighters on Taiwan, and a show of force by the Seventh Fleet.
U.S. policymakers were dubious about the threat of an attack on Taiwan, but concerned at the possibility that Communist control of the air over the Taiwan Strait would enable PRC forces to cut off supplies to the Nationalist-held offshore islands. The Defense Department promptly respond.”also this snippet: Chiang Kai-shek, not easily dissuaded, raised the subject again when Eisenhower visited Taiwan in June 1960, presenting Eisenhower with a proposal which Chiang assured him could bring down the Chinese Communist regime without the use of military force. His plan was to establish guerrilla forces in sparsely populated areas in China’s border regions, from which resistance would spread and lead to the downfall of the Communist regime.
[State dept Kinmen link] There’s more to read in the link such as how the soviets supported the Chinese which is coming back in today’s crisis.Moonie connection: Just a month or two ago wasn’t Neil Bush in Taiwan with some Moonies? I forgot the story, but remember reading something about it in the paper. Check the rollback link to see the connection between Taiwan/Korea and Korean CIA/Moonie$.Misc: Among the items he kept on his desk, he noted, was one whose genealogy cut right through the heart of the 20th century in Asia. It was a shell fragment from Quemoy, an island the Communist Chinese attacked in 1958, seeking to reclaim it from the Taiwanese. The fragment bore an inscription identifying it as made in Russia in 1941.
His wife: IN MEMORIAM – MARJORIE WILSON CLINE passed away on Tuesday March 20, 2001 in Arlington, VA., at age 87 years. During World War II she worked in cryptology helping to break the Japanese code. She was married to Ray Cline for 54 years.
A killer 7.6 earthquake struck central Taiwan on September 21, 1999 at 1:47am.
I saved the [newspaper] from that day.
My 921 Story
A few hours before it struck, I was with one of my British friends having a few beers at a local Taipei pub called 45’s. While sitting at a table, I happened to look up and noticed the glasses over the bar swaying back and forth. I told my friend we just had a small quake. It’s a common occurrence in Taiwan, a island full of geothermal hotsprings which sits right on Philippine tectonic plate. We didn’t think much of it. About a half hour later, my friend went to the bathroom. When he came back he told me he just noticed a large bucket of water in the bathroom was swishing around. We didn’t think much about that either, but we were aware that a large earthquake hit Turkey just a few weeks before and wondered if something was up. About an hour after I returned home…..WHAM!.. the big one struck.
My TV got knocked of its stand, dropped to the floor and put a big divot in my wood floor. It was out of commission for the next few weeks. The electricity went out anyway so everyone could only guess how bad the damage was at first. Everyone knew it was serious. The radio started giving out reports, it went from bad to worst. Central Taiwan got hit the hardest. The quake struck about 15 km north of Sun Moon Lake in a small town called Chi-Chi. It was much worst than the LA/Northridge quake that I also experienced in Jan 1994. About 3000 people died in Taiwan, 40K homes were destroyed, 40K were seriously damaged, and hundreds of roads, bridges, dams, etc. were destroyed. Entire mountain ranges lost all of their vegetation. The mountains all had green bottoms and brown tops. I went down there a couple of months later and the destruction was still everywhere. There were also many destroyed buildings in Taipei city and Taipei county.
On March 31, 2002 we had another major quake. This time it was 6.8. It was so powerful it knocked two construction cranes off the roof of the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101. 5 people died that day. A large 6-7 story building only a few blocks from my house crashed to the ground. The owner apparently took out some of the support columns to make the bottom floor into a auto repair garage.Of course, the Taiwan government does not have any websites to link to. They are so lame, as usual. Michael Turton has a good page [here] about the Wufeng Earthquake Museum. (A former school that was destroyed ~ the highlight is the track field that was pushed up about 10 feet). This [page] also has some photos. Here is [another site] with a few photos. and here is an interesting article about the TV coverage China always wants to stick their nose in Taiwan’s business.
Thousands of buildings ended up this way. This is just outside of Taipei in Hsinchuang. (Photo from TaipeiTimes).
The Sacking of the American Embassy
In May 1957 supporters of the KMT sacked and looted the American Embassy. This was a tense period of time in Taiwan’s history because of CKS’s ambition to attack China and the US Govt’s controls on his actions. There is some rumor that the reason it was sacked was because CKS was fearful of an assassination attempt and the KMT was looking for memos on this. (note: visit http://www.taipics.com site for more pictures)
A picture of the American embassy (now the SPOT film house) on Chungshan N. Rd. in Taipei. (right around the corner from where I live) The stamp on the photo says Feb 1928. I believe the American Embassy use to be the Standard Oil headquarters building before it was the embassy.The following paragraphs comes from chapter 19 of George Kerr’s fascinating book called “Formosa Betrayed”. A book that most westerners in Taiwan know about, but hardly any Taiwanese ever heard of. It’s no wonder, the KMT bought the copyrights after the first printing in 1965 and did allow any more copies to be made. I think its a must read for any Taiwanese that wants to understand the history of Taiwan during that time period.George Kerr was an naval officer stationed in Taiwan right after WWII and witnessed all the turmoil created by the KMT when they relocated here. He wrote many other books on Okinawa, Japan and Hawaii and was a professor at several universities later in life.
Here is a photo of [George] (wiki link) and his book. Its available free online as a [PDF here] or in html format on the excellent [pinyin.info website]. Read the entire [chapter 19] to get some perspective on why this happened. Here are a few paragraphs that tell about the sacking incident:
On the night of March 20 an American Army sergeant shot and killed a prowler discovered in his garden at Taipei. An American military court tried the case, acquitted the sergeant on May 23, and flew him out of the island. The victim was described as a minor employee in a Chinese government agency and a reserve officer.In time-honored Chinese custom his widow demanded “consolation money” which was not promptly forthcoming.
On the day following the acquittal (May 24) she took up a position in front of the American Embassy gates to scream hysterically that she had been denied justice. This, too, is a time-honored Chinese custom. According to the official story her noisy clamor attracted a crowd, the mob spirit took over, a stone was thrown, and soon the crowd poured into the Embassy compound.
The American flag was torn down, cars were overturned and the offices were sacked. Some local employees and American officers were injured before they could retreat from the premises. The rioting began about one-thirty in the afternoon and continued with brief lulls until well after nightfall. Files were broken open, cipher books and coding equipment were tossed about, and confidential and secret papers were strewn through the building.
After many hours of uninterrupted rioting Chiang Ching- kuo’s security forces took over the gutted Embassy. Ambassador Rankin returned from Hong Kong during the height of the riot. He visited the site during a lull in the affair but was asked by the Chinese to leave the premises; for they anticipated further violence. When he returned soon after daylight next morning, accompanied by Embassy officers, he was gratified to find the Chinese had been so helpfully attempting to restore order to chaos and to sweep up some of the debris within the building.
Approximately fourteen hours had elapsed. The ladies of the American community promptly volunteered to assist in sorting scattered file materials. Some 90 per cent were recovered. No classified materials “of consequence” were missing and enough of the cryptographic material was recovered to satisfy the Ambassador that the codes were intact. Prompt official protests brought equally prompt apologies and indemnities.The unofficial accounts add disturbing detail to this story and raise troublesome questions.
According to Captain Lederer certain Chinese and Formosans and some foreigners had been warned of possible trouble days in advance. It is maintained that the dead “minor official” was a Major in one of Chiang Ching-kuo’s secret organizations and that other members of Chiang’s organizations were identified as ringleaders whose faces appeared in news photos made during the riot. The screaming widow is alleged to have been provided with a prepared text which she obligingly read into a recording apparatus conveniently at hand when the riot began.
Behind all this lay the odd circumstance that so spontaneous a riot took place precisely on the day when Madame and the Generalissimo were far away at a mountain retreat, the Ambassador was not on Formosa and the chief officers of the Army administration were across the channel on the offshore islands. In a city notorious for its elaborate secret services and policing agencies -all under Chiang Ching-kuo – why was a riot such as this permitted to go unchecked for hours? And why was not a strong police cordon established around the premises, leaving only Americans or Embassy employees to handle scattered cryptographic materials and secret papers? Was someone seeking for documents recording American views on the internal situation or confidential notes which might incriminate anti-Nationalists in communication with the Embassy?
Add1: An interesting tidbit about how the USGov’t took original possession of Embassy. In section IV about 3/4 of the way down: [Wanted: Permanent Consular Representation at Taipei ]:…..A second list of properties was presented for consideration. They were better but only slightly so. Only one had adequate provison for a combined office-residence arrangement, a solid construction and a central location. It had been built many years earlier for the local representatives of the Standard Oil Company, had passed from owner to owner and now had been confiscated. We were to be allowed the privilege of buying it. In time it became the American Embassy in China.There were small difficulties. Mayor Huang of Taipei was attempting to establish squatter’s rights in the building as he was also squatting in other desirable properties around town. The Governor’s Office ordered him to withdraw. In angry retaliation he promptly seized a large residence adjacent to the old prewar American Consulate which had been a rented property. The owner was a wealthy Formosan woman who had many American friends. When she protested vigorously the Mayor arranged to have her arrested on charges of “collaboration with the Japanese.” During the noisy litigation His Honor unwisely charged, in print, that the United States Government had “stolen” his property.The officers of the American Liaison Group decided that it was time to object to some of the trivial but persistent efforts to cause the Americans loss of face before the public. The Mayor was asked to publish a retraction which he did with poor grace. Our troubles were not at an end at the old Standard Oil building. Before we could survey the premises in detail and begin plans for remodeling we discovered that a Nationalist General had taken a fancy to the house and grounds and had moved in a team of squatters. We were invited to get off the property and to stay off. A direct order from the Governor was required to pry the General’s representatives from the kitchen quarters.
Add2::A New Zealander who worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration named Allan J. Shackleton was also in Taiwan in 1947. He wrote a book called [Formosa Calling] with similar accounts of the tragedies of that time period. Its also worth a read. (A Taipei Times article about it can be found [here].) His story deserves more than this simple footnote so I will try to make a post about his life some time in the future.
In Taiwan the fruit of the Areca Palm (Bing-lang) is the feel good legal drug/nut of choice for many people that live here. The [Takoclub] has the ultimate guide about this plant with lots of good pictures. There is a myth behind the first use of the bing-lang which involves identical twins. (I’m also a identical twin) Click on the previous link or the greenish face image on the Takao club to read this story.
Anyone interested in Taiwan history should surf around the [Takaoclub]. It’s loaded with great articles perfect for a rainy day read.
There are snakes everywhere in Taiwan. You definitely have to pay attention when out for a mountain hike or swim. Formosa Fat Tire has a good list here: Snakes in Taiwan
In the south section of Taipei county, there is a small lake called Bitan or Green Lake. Upsteam from Bitan is the dam and reservoir for Taipei city water. You can walk across the river via a walk bridge that has been around since Japanese times. If you keep walking towards the left, you will find a decent hiking trail that takes you through an old amusement park and to a lookout point.
An old postcard of Bitan probably from the mid ’30s. The bridge is still standing.
Bank of Taiwan (1928 in Shanghai)
Taiwan History Links
- A nice National Palace website of 17th century Formosa
- 1700~1800 book scans reed.edu
- A pdf of the 1935 Taipei/Japan exhibition
- Taipei City layout and Walls Reading Taipei: Cultural Traces in a Cityscape
- Collection of Old Taipei City Maps and a narrative
- Michael Turton’s 1920s National Geographic scanned images of Taiwan
- Michael Turton’s Photos from a 1956 Grolier World Countries Guide
- Michael Turton also has many contemporary Taiwan photos on his excellent blog
- Jerome Keating’s Short history of Taiwan
- A 1945 map of Taipei – large
- Pictures of the historic Guanghua Market being torn down in 2005. (books, computers, jade)
- Deco Orient Vintage China Posters
- Stefan R. Landsberger’s Taiwan Liberation Posters and Taiwan Reunification Posters
- Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) History VOC Links
- Fort Zeelandia Historical Dig and Dutch Records
- New Taipei city pics and developer pics can be found in the Skyscraper Forums
- Michael Turton’sUnderstanding the Mess in Taiwan
- George Kerr’s Formosa Betrayed .pdf (must read)
- Kerr’s original manuscript
- Allan James Shackleton’s Formosa Calling .pdf
- POWs in Taiwan
- TakaoClub historical stories about Taiwan * very interesting!
- Fortress Santisima – The Spanish fort in Keelung
- The Pingquanhui: the face of Taiwan racism
- Taiwan Aboriginal Rights Webpage
- Dutch on Formosa Radio Documentary
- Satellite Posters of Taiwan
- US Military in Taiwan Aronsons Journal
- US Military in Taiwan LinkouNavy
- US Military in Taiwan SkuLinKou
- US Military in Taiwan 2nd Missile Battalion 71st Artillery
- Brief History of Taiwan – Gov’t Info Office article
- Photos of Old Japanese Era Buildings in Present day – Skyscraper forums
- A survey of Taiwan’s skyscrapers architectural characteristics – 2005 pdf about Taiwan buildings.
- The Dutch Roots in NYC and Taiwan – Good post about the timing of Dutch Exploration
Note, check taipics.com for an updated list.
A Few Good Taiwan related Articles
If you do a google search on “Taipei Times” and either Richard Hazeldine, Bo Tetards, Henry Blackhand, Michael Turton, Erick Heroux, Jerome Keating or Bruce Jacobs, you will find several well written articles on the state of the nation (of Taiwan). You can find links to Michael’s site (View from Taiwan) and Jerome’s site in my blogroll on the right. I’ve written about 10 letters as well, check my mini-portfolio page for links. Here are a few articles worth reading:
- A Short Introduction to Taiwan by Jerome Keating
- Understanding the Taiwan Mess by Micheal Turton *excellent
- Chiang Kai-shek’s Pitiful Legacy and the Minions Who Try to Defend it – Jerome Keating
- Describing Taiwan’s real history – Bruce Jacobs
- Misplaced Credits – Mike Turton re CKS
- Why the KMT hates the Presidency
- Call for Chen to resign naive Michael Turton
- US picking on the wrong target Michael Turton
- KMT betrays Taiwan’s democracy Jerome Keating
- Kissinger’s unclean hands Erick Heroux
- The enemy within Henry Blackhand
- 10 ways to tweak Beijing Bei Dawei
- ROC as relevant as the dodo Richard Hazeldine
- [Last rites of the KMT] Richard Hazeldine
- Taiwan Arms Budget – Stephen Young (AIT Director)
- Straight talk on Taiwan arms budget – Fieren
- Arms purchase background info – Mike Turton
- The arms package for Taiwan: Protection money? – Mike Turton
In addition a few OpEds stand out:
- [The localized KMT, a local legend]
- [Lee’s voice better than none]
- [The enemies without and within]
Why the irritation over such support? Because at a philosophical level Lee’s opponents hold the US and its ideals in high and barely disguised contempt, despite the formidable number of them that sucked on the teat of the American education system and whose very survival in this place has been paid for over the decades by the US military. To this day, deep inside the heart of the unificationist ideologue, there lives derision toward the barbaric West and a longing for the time when the center of a true civilization — Beijing, presumably — can return to its rightful place as the capital of not the Middle Kingdom, as it is usually mistranslated, but the Central Kingdom.
The dominant personality trait among Taiwanese is opportunism. For the last three centuries, bettering the lot of oneself and one’s family usually meant some kind of messy compromise with unaccountable and alien power holders. The moral has always been to seek advantage where one can, and don’t pay too much attention to principle. And that, unfortunately, is the way the trips to China are viewed. The overwhelming sentiment is that Lien could bring something back for us; if so, why not let him try? Given such opportunism, Chen is in no position to be doctrinaire. His wishy-washiness simply reflects the wishy-washiness of his constituents. Sadly, this is the last quality one needs in standing up to China.
According to recent [Taiwan Government Statistics] there are only 10486 Americans currently living in Taiwan. Out of that number:
- 3,727 are dependent children under 15 (35.5%)
- 1822 are teachers (17.37%)
- 2925 are women (27.8%)
- 1404 are students (13.39%)
Its striking that there are millions of Taiwanese immigrate and live in America (11K per year average), but so few Americans come to Taiwan. Most Americans that come are here for business and contribute to the local economy with taxes, capital expenses, jobs, technology/service transfers, etc. Yet, it is still very, very difficult to get a visa to come here. It doesn’t make any sense for the government to have this policy. Patrick Coswell has some good stats on this page.
A few good China invasion senario articles written over the past few years:
- Book review that came out in April 2006 outlining another Taiwan/China conflict senario.[Jerome Keating’s Book Review: If China Attacks Taiwan]
- Wendell Minnick’s [The year to fear for Taiwan: 2006]Michael Turton’s (excellent)
- (Oct 17) atimes – V. Corpus [If It Comes To A Shooting War]
- Stefan R. Landsberger’s [Taiwan Liberation Posters collection.Stefan R. Landsberg and [Reunification Poster] collection.
Consequences of a CCP Takeover of Taiwan
A list of 35 possible changes that may happen in Taiwan if the PRC makes a move on Taiwan. Some are trivial and funny, others definite possibilities. (originally posted Oct05)
- With laxer immigration policies, more wealthy mainlanders will come over, discover the beauty of South Taiwan, and purchase up all the real estate for their vacation homes. Everyone speaks Chinese, the Taiwan restaurants can supply their style meals, the environment is much cleaner, travel is easy, etc. It will be just like home and is only a 30 min/1 hr flight away. South Taiwan will grow, especially the local Kending airport and vacation condos, jetskis, yacht sales, etc. 2nd wives (xiao tai-tai) will live in Taiwan instead of the other way around. Locals will slowing lose access to many of the best spots on the island due to severe overcrowding.
- Keelung and Kaoshuing harbors will become PLAN forward naval bases in their string of pearls strategy. They will act as a guard posts for controlling the Taiwan Strait similar to the China navy bases in Gwadar Pakistan, Myanmar and Indonesia (for control of Straits of Malacca). Taiwan port cities will absorb the 1000s of mainland sailors that will be stationed here plus create new supply chains/industries, create new families, etc. Crime will go up because of more people plus (often) drunk military with cash to spend when back from sea. Korea/Japan will have to deal with China’s oil blockade threat. Most Taiwan container freight will not be needed anymore. Only high-end, air-freight products are to be M.I.T. (Made In Taiwan). Semi related, China already controls both end of the Panama Canal with container/espionage centers owned by COSTCO and Hutchinson Whampoa.
- Taiwan will probably get a 5th nuke plant, whether it needs it or not. Locals won’t have any say-so, since the government rules. If they complain, they will get thrown in jail. USA GE or Westinghouse will get the contract because Kissinger will step in to make a deal for the US not to engage with China if a conflict breaks out, partly because Taiwan did not pass a budget to defend itself. EU won’t get involved either because China may make a deal with EU Central bank to use the Euro as the purchase currency on the new Iranian or Russian oil futures exchanges. EU is in a lot of trouble now, so no telling where the Euro will go, maybe China support is critical for survival of EU Central Bank. (And UK will have to go euro as well, because BP owns part of the london exchange (IPE).
- Air China and China Air to merger, its too confusing to have both. More deals are made to guarantee China purchases of both Airbuses and Boeing’s. Boeing manufacturing and machine tool industry moves from Seattle to Taiwan/China with wings made in Japan. Aircraft no longer produced in USA. Airbus will slowly get squeezed out of business in the long term as well. EDF bought out by Chinese investors. All jet planes and satellites will be made in Asia.
- Lan-Yu has the potential to become a permanent nuke waste dump since respect for minorities will evaporate. Kimen and Mazu to become Chinese hospital/quarantine islands for Bird Flu.
- All the food production markets will go west, including pigs, poultry, rice, fruit, etc. Pig farming is cheaper in China, so lots of farmers go out of business. Taiwan becomes a bit cleaner, same as when Japan dumped its hog production on Taiwan years ago. Quality of food from China will be much poorer grade, but people will get use to it. Civit cats and dog meat re-introduced as delicacies. All Taiwan rice cookers will be from Haier instead of Tatung. Farm land becomes too valuable to plant rice on with influx of new China bride/groom extended families.
- A flat V.A.T. will be added to all purchases to pay a fee to China government for their future military “protection”.
- China Airforce gains 60-100 new Mirages and F-16s. All military rifles become Ak-47s instead of M-16s or Taiwans M-193s.
- All Taxi cabs will slowly become China Auto Cherys. Taiwan car manufacturers Ford, Toyota, Honda all go to China since steel is cheaper to purchase is bigger quantities in China. Old Taiwan taxi drivers will pose with their Yue-Lueng Bluebirds in front of the train station, similar to the way the old Hong Kong rickshaw drivers pose for photos outside the Star Ferry.
- Most hospitals will slowly hire mainland trained doctors and nurses. The pay is higher here plus the quality of life makes it a easy choice for China medical staff to come over. All medicine sold in Taiwan made generically in China from now on (and only works 1/2 the time). Taiwan plastic surgery industry becomes top rated and overtakes Bangkok as the place to come to. Percentage of girls on Taipei MRT with nosejobs goes up from 40% to 80%. Taiwan also becomes top cancer center in Asia, with special euthanasia hospitals setup on the beautiful east coast to assist critical ill patients die in peace. (run by ex-labor brokers no longer need to supply contract workers). Forced abortions and forced deaths introduced.
- Taiwan IT industry will focus on building a Chinese designed CPU for all future China IT products and military items (such as missile controllers that need high end processors). Taiwan/China may already possess this knowledge since many companies owning Pentium level CPU technology have changed hands. (Cyrix, was bought by VIA a few years ago (which is a sister company of the top smartphone manufacture HTC), and Leveno bought the IBM PC division. IBM also had their own CPU on their market for awhile. (Its not known if this IP was part of the deal, but it is a possibility). China will eventually create its own internet and block out any intruders to its domain. Hsinchu will turn into a satellite design park with China intent on building its own GPS system so they do not have to rely of the US or Europe to launch a rocket.
- Military Police will come back to patrol the streets if democrats don’t keep their mouths shut. All talk of independence is outlawed and punishable by 4 years in a PRC gulag. (same sound as death)
- National Palace treasures will forever move to Beijing and only be loaned by consignment to Taipei. Taiwan with have to compete with other cities to have Chinese relic exhibitions.
- China Post gets big investment from CCP Info Ministry, become the English voice for news from Taiwan, follows Xinhua model. Taipei Times/Liberty Times slowly crippled and put out to pasture. All characters in the Apple Daily will be in simplified Chinese from now on to re-educate the masses.
- China Mobile invests in Chunghua Telecom, it will transmit signals all the way to Shanghai via microwave relay. Becomes part of world’s largest telecom firm with 300+ million subscribers (with built-in 3G Walled Garden internet access). Buys out all other telcoms in Taiwan and controls all telecommunications.
- Taiwan bottoms out and uses it’s last resort for income by finally allowing gambling on Penghu Island (or maybe even in Kending). Japan invests/helps create a floating airport, Penghu becomes major gambling den for weathly Chinese/Japanese.
- Taiwan Triads merge with brotherhoods in China. Move to Penghu. Porn industry develops with South Taiwan based T-bag pole-dancing girls eager for jobs. Major drug labs secretly opened on offshore islands. North Korea donates benjamin printing plates for major new counterfeit money laundering ring operating out of Penghu by Whitewolf, CCP Gov’t and friends.
- KMT/ROC flag is ruled illegal to fly since only one political party can exist. KMT HQ becomes CCP HQ Taiwan.
- Vendors on Taipei streets start selling Mao trinkets.
- Wu Bai starts promoting Tsingdou beer instead of Taiwan beer because Taiwan beer was bought out by Bud/Tsingdou conglomerate. Cans are not fancy enough for high-end mainland consumers.
- Top selling cigarette brand will be “Heavenly Masters”.
- All green leaning businesses slowly get squeezed out (Evergreen, etc.). Political officers get stationed in all other major companies. All enterprises owned by Taiwan Government will belong to Peoples Republic of China. Control of stock goes to mainland bankers.
- Most popular insurance policy now offered by Nanging Life will be “incarceration insurance” so families will have money in case the bread earner is tossed in jail for questioning authority or not paying enough guanxi.
- Cliffs in Juifeng become popular for the same reason as the banzai cliffs in Saipan.
- Instead of Barbarian Beethoven, the garbage truck song becomes Peking Opera soundtrack. (bing, boing, blang, dong, dong, dong, clickity, clickity,…..) Official garbage bags now red instead of blue, but good thing is they finally figured out a simple size chart: S-M-L-XL.
- All KMT assets become property of the People Republic of China. Managed by CCP gov’t. All vote captains, ward chiefs, etc., lose their positions since there is no vote. They cry to KMT leadership, but KMT leaders are to baffled to understand they not only lost all their power but all their wealth.
- Minimum wage will be NT$20/hr. All positions at 7-11s, Friday’s, etc. will be 100% filled by mainland students. Waiting list to get any job will be at least 6-12 months long.
- Blue flipflops or any type of sandals will be unwearable due to amount of hack, phelm, etc. coughed up and spit out on the sidewalks by 2nd, 3rd, 4th waves of tourists and new residents.
- Brass Monkey changes name to Brass MonkeyBrains. Becomes “in” restaurant for Mainland consumers. Menu/service problems finally solved.
- Visa processing becomes much easier for foreigners to live in Taiwan.
- Price of air ticket to states/canada/EU goes up to $50,000 (one way) because if China is really controlling Taiwan, it would mean the US housing/bond/financial markets had a financial meltdown. Since most airlines are already bankrupt, fewer seats and $100+/barrel oil increase the price of tickets.
- Only PRC flags allowed to be waved at Yankee Stadium for Wang Chein-ming.
- Planet of the Apes style forbidden zone set up around Sun Moon Lake. Only High level cadre are allowed to enter. Becomes the Asian version of the Bohemian Grove. (Bamboo Grove) for the elite. Hu, Jiang, Chan, Soong, Fung, Qian, etc. prance around naked worshiping a statue of money god. (or wealth beckoning cat statue)….
- Anything Japanese offered in Ximending confiscated/burned by authorities.
- Twenty four banana republics go bust since they no longer are players in the money game. Resort to pow-mien handouts from TsuChi Buddhist foundation for survival.
Taiwan – Peace with not piece of China!