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Friday, February 20, 2009

Case Against Ex-Leader Stirs Unease in Taiwan

Case Against Ex-Leader Stirs Unease in Taiwan - NY Times.

What surprises me per the article, how the trial is being followed in China and may impact their judicial system.

On the Taiwan side, I take a bit of a contrary view, and in my opinion (not saying the trial is right or wrong and staying out of the green, red, blue politics), it helping the country grow up politically and I hope reduce corruption. By prosecuting a highest government official (guilty or not) for corruption, I hope this sends the message that corruption is wrong for everyone, no matter who their party is (Blue party has traditionally been the more corrupt, but they have been around longer). It would be nice if campaign contributions had a few more strings required to them, as in the US so they can't be used for personal reasons (which seems to be OK under Taiwan's current law and done by both major parties if I understand correctly. Try that in the US, and it's go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200).

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