Taiwan & China hold first direct talks since 1949

With the Olympics underway and the non-stop Chris Christie coverage, you’re probably not going to get much mention of this historic development in the American media.  I worked and lived in Taipei for a short time in the late 1980’s and although I wasn’t interested in politics at the time, I remember very well when my taxicab driver proudly explained to me how Taiwan had many big guns pointed on their north shore towards mainland China in the event of an invasion.



  1. Bob Scherer says:

    I traveled on business to Taiwan in the late 80s but never heard any political comments from my hosts or anyone else. I remember the bad Chinese beer (only one choice), the noisy motor scooters, and Toroko Gorge. And some other stuff.

    Amazing what we consider newsworthy. The Chinese are patient and have a longer time horizon going forward. At some point Taiwan will be absorbed and the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial will be re-purposed.

  2. Ann Telnaes says:

    My diet consisted of noodles, snow peas, and beer. I did keep a jar of peanut butter handy, though. Small wonder I lost 10 pounds by the time I left…

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