National Post Funnies
These two letters sent to the Canadian National Post compliment each other beautifully (Thanks to MT for the tip):
Taiwan, not China
Re: Japan, China Exchange Water Cannon Fire, Sep. 26
It is unfortunate and misleading that your paper depicts the water cannon exchange incident between Taiwanese ships and Japan Coast Guard vessels on Sept. 25 near the Diaoyutai Islands as one that is between “China” and Japan, without further clarifying that here “China” actually is Taiwan, the Republic of China.
As President Ma Ying-Jeou of the Republic of China-Taiwan and many other Taiwan high-ranking officials have repeatedly stated, the Diaoyutais are historically, geographically, politically and legally an inherent part of the Republic of China (ROC) territory. And Taiwan will not co-operate with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in resolving its Diaoyutais sovereignty disputes with Japan. What Taiwan has consistently called for and supported is the disputes be settled peacefully among the claimants.
By collapsing incidents involving ROC and Japan with those between PRC and Japan, the article leaves the impression that ROC and PRC are one country, which definitely is not true, and this fact, to be fair to most Taiwanese, must be made crystal clear.
Henry Chuang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Toronto.
There is no reason for Japan, China And Taiwan to fight over Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Surely they can join forces to rape, pillage and plunder the mineral and fishing resources in the area together.
I have every confidence in their ability to work as a team to strip away all of the mineral and energy resources on and around the islands within a few short years, and, at the same time, to hoover up every living thing larger than a plankton from the surrounding waters.
So, the message to the three protagonists is clear: the sooner you stop fighting and start cooperating, the sooner you can start despoiling.
Jim Bee, Mississauga, Ont.