Just read my dumbest least thought out articles by Taiwan’s indigenous geniuses. Maybe I’m being cynical, but I have serious issues with what he writes and would appreciate any info on how to send a retort to the Taipei Times.
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Somehow instead of thinking of a better way, Mr. Chen decides that copying another countries approach whole heartedly is the key to helping Taiwan.
If US weapon prices are too high, why is everyone buying them? A small point, but you genrally buy what works and has a good reputation. How many IDF’s did Taiwan sell?
So the Polish Gov’t paid $72.9 million USD for each plane that normally sells for $35 million USD. Great bargain there guys, I have some great swampland to sell you in the Mississippi Delta.
Am I the only one to see the opportunities for abuse here? Corrupt powerful gov’t official says, “How about investing in my brother’s business? Could be a good idea.” I thought the general idea now was to take the corruption out of gov’t purchases. Also some of the best investment opportunities will be bought by foreigners. I think we all know how most citizens feel about foreigners buying up indigenous companies. Could you imagine how the shit would hit the fan if IBM or Texas Instruments tried to buyout TSMC or UMC? Or we can take a look at Japan, please note the cons put forth by Kazuhide Uekusa:
Irrational nationalism and the laws inspired as such are distorting and put off foreign investment. I think they destroy the principles of free trade.
Last time I counted, there was only one country selling weapons to Taiwan. Taiwan is already a security risk, with supposedly “secret” military bases being outed in the media. I think the problems they have with Humvees alone should show you some of the issues faced. How about the Air Force fighter jets being housed in sheet metal hangars when Taiwan only has an 8 minute warning for when missiles are fired from China. The US military report said they needed to be put in concrete hangars to protect them. Please explain the rational of buying amphibious vehicles to make a counter attack with a pitifully small Marine force against the mainland in case of a war.
Piracy and copyright infringement is a serious problem in Taiwan and for the pharmaceutical industry. $25+ million dollars worth of pirated goods from Taiwan were seized by US customs in 2002. Why should investment go to the already over protected pharmaceutical industry, that the US is already complaing about? Do we want the pharmaceutical industry in Taiwan with the ability to manufacture and sell the strongest antibiotics when they are such abusers of them? What happens when they cut out companies with legitamite patents, investment and research? How are the patents, sales and profits split between the Foreign company and the indigenous company? What protection does the Foreign corporation have against bad/corrupt management?
With Taiwan’s unelected bueracrat gods, how will this not lead to problems? Does a joint venture between a foreign company and a Taiwanese company count as a legitamite investment for the law. Can Taiwanese legislators be counted on to pass a fair law? How will the bueracrats interpret the law? Will it be the same interpretation island wide?
Poland hasn’t done anything yet. The market for pharmaceuticals is fierce and highly competetive. How will Poland deal with Indian and Brazilian pharmaceutical pirates? There are a lot of serious questions that have to be answered before something like this is done.
This is just another “scholar” giving his opinion without adequately thinking out the consequences of the actions taken. With people like this in charge of Taiwan, I find it very surprising that they have led Taiwan this far. I think he fails to understand that such a law will only increase the price of weapons purchased. The last time Taiwan tried something like this with France, it caused huge scandals in both Taiwan and France that brought down politicians and have yet to be adequately investigated. Does he want the blood of Taiwanese on his hands for his ideas being put into law with the consequent effects of corruption and the silencing of witnesses. I hope this Mr. Chen Yao-chang thinks out his ideas next time before he decides to put them into print.