[quote=“TimesThree, post:13, topic:199819, full:true”]
The Magistrate is KMT. Her sole motivation is development.[/quote]
The economic side of the debate is important - hasn’t had enough attention. We were/are told Miramar would be ‘good for the economy’ - this was the justification. But is it really? The Miramar brand is/was all about shipping in busloads of Chinese tour bus tourists - who were going to ‘stimulate the economy’.
How’s that model looking now? Considering China banned tour buses when Tsai got in as a supposed punishment (which backfired) - then Covid? If they had been allowed to open, for sure they would currently have their hands out for subsidies - which they’d get.
Meanwhile, all reports from Taitung small business people suggest that “business is booming.”
Tourists like Taitung because of its natural vibe. You can’t get that in lots of places in Taiwan - it’s a valuable commodity. Miramar is ‘kill-the-goose’ type thinking. Before Miramar, the Shan Yuan vicinity functioned as a hub of cool small businesses. That’s good for the economy - and doesn’t cost the billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money that Rao is looking to funnel off into her white elephant preservation society.