Just over a year ago an open letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao by Taiwanese intellectual Lung Ying-tai [JMSC faculty page] raised the stakes for top Chinese leaders following the shutdown of the Freezing Point supplement of China Youth Daily. Lung asked Hu Jintao rhetorically how China and Taiwan could consider re-unification when leaders in China still resorted to brazen press control tactics. Lung Ying-tai had also been a recent contributor to Freezing Point, with an essay called “The Taiwan You May Not Know” [Lung’s essay mentioned in Li Datong’s open letter, via ESWN].[ABOVE: PDF version of Lung Ying-tai essay in today’s Southern Metropolis Daily].
Today Southern Metropolis Daily made bold to run Lung Ying-tai’s most recent essay about the graft allegations that have damaged the political fortunes of Kuomintang leader Ma Ying-jeou. The essay, which also appeared in newspapers in Taiwan and Malaysia, is the first piece by Lung to appear in the mainland press since her Freezing Point contribution in late 2005.
[Posted by David Bandurski, February 5, 2007, 3:50pm]