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Although there are still Chiang statues in some Taiwan universities and public spaces, those that had been removed and dismantled were collected and re-erected in a public park near Chiang’s final resting place in Daxi, Taoyuan County. These reassembled, repainted, and rearranged Chiang statues are often placed so that multiple statues are staring at each other in a humorous way. In this clever exercise of massaging history through public art, there are even a few statues of Sun Yat-sen (1866–1925), the founder of the Republic who had handpicked Chiang as his successor, looking at Chiang from behind.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, although the Chinese government is still occasionally erecting new Mao statues, many others have been quietly taken down from universities and outdoor spaces in recent years. The politics of museum-ifying the past and the big statues in China are certainly different from those of Taiwan. Nonetheless, one wonders whether China will one day donate some of its overstocked Mao statues to Taiwan, so that Mao and Chiang can quietly look at each other and create a new symbol of historical and political reconciliation.

globalvoices:

The true powerful ones will not roar

Evoking Napoleon during his visit to France, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country is an awakened lion that is “peaceful, pleasant and civilized”

‘Sleeping Lion’ China Awakened, Says President Xi Jinping

Napoleon also stomped all over Europe. I’m not sure that’s an image you’d want to bring up, Pres. Xi.

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Today’s Headline 1: Here is a map of all the countries with territorial disputes

A special mention goes to Mongolia. It’s the only country of mainland Asia not involved in territorial disputes.

Eh, not so fast. It may not technically have any territorial disputes, but…

Today’s Headline 2: Mongolia v. Crimea — Chinese See Uncomfortable Parallels

Return Mongolia to us, and then we’ll support the Crimean referendum.

The Chinese really, really want Mongolia back.

So, about that fake sunrise in Beijing

Yesterday…it’s not quite what you think. Oh, the scene in the photo is quite real (and recent), and the pollution in Beijing is quite bad. It’s just that the Chinese government hasn’t resorted to showing a fake sunrise because its citizens can no longer see a real one. Instead, the display is merely part of a video promoting tourism in Shandong province, and it’s not on the screen for very long.

This isn’t the dystopian vision that Western news outlets reported yesterday. But still, the irony is hard to pass up, no?

(this post was reblogged from laughingsquid)

reuters:

Photo: A worker stuffs a toy bear with cotton at a toy factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on January 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

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