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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:03 pm
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They better think twice before they reject Big Yao's visit.

Before Big Yao even became as big as he is now, a famous NBA superstar with all international attention, and the pride and sports icon of all Chinese in the world, he was allowed to visit Taiwan in 1998 to participate in Asian Under 19 Championship.

WHY the hell to reject his visit now, when all he plans to do is for something more noble and just for humanity and charity purpose?

All I can say is damn stupidity and bad PR move from that Chen Shuibian regime.



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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601080&sid=a44vu7GpxAMY&refer=asia

Taiwan to Hold Second Meeting to Review Yao Ming Charity Visit

By George Hsu

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Taiwan's government agencies will hold a second meeting to review a plan for Yao Ming, center for the NBA's Houston Rockets, to visit next month for a charity luncheon, the island's Mainland Affairs Council said today.

Taiwan government agencies last week called a meeting to review the application and decided to ask Taiwan Basketball Association, which had submitted it, to provide ``further details'' on the basketball player and the purpose of his trip, Liu Te-Shun, vice chairman at the council, said today in a telephone interview.

Liu denied a China Times report earlier today, citing Taiwan Basketball Association Deputy Secretary-General Wang Jen- sheng, saying the council had verbally informed the association the government decided to reject the application.

``We didn't see all the details and information needed to make a decision,'' Liu said. ``We will hold another meeting after the association has submitted materials as asked.''

Yao, who is from China, was scheduled to arrive on Sept. 7, and planned to raise $200,000 for the island's charity groups, the Taipei-based Chinese-language newspaper reported.

Calls made to mobile phone of basketball association's Wang were not answered.

``The association should refrain from speaking on the matter before the government has made its decision,'' Liu said.

Taiwan and China have been ruled separately since 1949, when communist troops took control of the mainland. China has threatened to invade Taiwan if the island declares independence.

To contact the reporter for this story: George Hsu in Taipei at georgehsu@bloomberg.net


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:10 pm
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Well this article from sohu.com may throw more lights of the cause and effect of the current standoff:


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http://sports.sohu.com/20070825/n251775615.shtml

  • There will be a cross-strait basketball tournament from Sept 1 to Sept 7. 2 CBA teams (Jiangsu Nangang & Shandong Gold, a total of 38 players and officials) are to play in Hualian and Miaoli.
  • Originally Yao Ming, his agent (probably Erick Zhang) and 5 other CBA officials are to accompany the visit and to be a honorable guest at those basketball tournament.
  • But due to the national team's current European trip, and Yao Ming's honeymoon, the itinerary had been moving and not final. The plan then changed to Yao Ming visiting Taiwan Sept 7 ~ 10 for a series of activities for charity and humanity purposes.
  • Big Yao's tentative itinerary/schedule of activities include: arrival and press conference on Sept 7; a visit and a charity fund-raising luncheon with Taiwan's IT executives at Taiwan's world reknowned Hsinchu Science and Technology Industrial Park, the base for high technology industry in Taiwan on Sept 8 (that aims for a fund raising of US$ 200K for Taiwan's lesser groups/intellectually deficiencies) ; another charity fund-raising activity for Taiwan Basketball Association on the night of Sept 8 for the basketball sports of Taiwan; a fan's gathering on Sept 9; and then departure on Sept 10.
  • And for all his deeds of good intention, Yao Ming did not ask for any appearance money, and will be paying all his expenses out of his own pocket.
  • Since Big Yao is the official image spokesperson for 2008 Olympics, for the city of Shanghai, for the Special Olympics, for United Nations' AIDS campaign, and while Taiwan is still in tough negotiation with China on the routing of 2008 Olympics flame relay, it is speculated that the Taiwan authorities feel that the timing of Yao Ming's visit is inappropriate, and will draw sympathy votes for China, and therefore add chips to China if China eventually rule Taiwan out from the routing of Olympic flame relay.
  • So they approved the visit visa for the 2 CBA basketball teams for the cross-strait basketball exchange program, but rejected Big Yao's application.
  • But now under immense public consensus and pressure, the Mainland Affairs Council will have to review Big Yao's application sometimes next week.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:27 am
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mingman11 wrote:
pryuen wrote:

I have been doing this for the past 4 years on YMM.

Originally I did not expect that I have to start this thread this soon. I plan to do it in June......

But sometime reality is cruel..............

So from today on, I will regularly post articles (most of them translated ones or from Houston Chronicles or other available sources)
updates of Yao Ming's 2007 summer activities, which unfortunately for this summer again, his summer will start with a recuperation/recovery from a surgery that he will take within the next few days on his troubled left toe.

Also following soon to this post, will be an exclusive interview of Yao Ming by Wang Meng on his feelings of the terrible Game 7 loss, and on some of his insights of what will happen in the post season.


Stay tune for it....as it is a very very long article that might take me the next 2 hours for its translation.


Taiwan to Hold Second Meeting to Review Yao Ming Charity Visit

By George Hsu

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Taiwan's government agencies will hold a second meeting to review a plan for Yao Ming, center for the NBA's Houston Rockets, to visit next month for a charity luncheon, the island's Mainland Affairs Council said today.

Taiwan government agencies last week called a meeting to review the application and decided to ask Taiwan Basketball Association, which had submitted it, to provide ``further details'' on the basketball player and the purpose of his trip, Liu Te-Shun, vice chairman at the council, said today in a telephone interview.

Liu denied a China Times report earlier today, citing Taiwan Basketball Association Deputy Secretary-General Wang Jen- sheng, saying the council had verbally informed the association the government decided to reject the application.

``We didn't see all the details and information needed to make a decision,'' Liu said. ``We will hold another meeting after the association has submitted materials as asked.''

Yao, who is from China, was scheduled to arrive on Sept. 7, and planned to raise $200,000 for the island's charity groups, the Taipei-based Chinese-language newspaper reported.

Calls made to mobile phone of basketball association's Wang were not answered.

``The association should refrain from speaking on the matter before the government has made its decision,'' Liu said.

Taiwan and China have been ruled separately since 1949, when communist troops took control of the mainland. China has threatened to invade Taiwan if the island declares independence.

To contact the reporter for this story: George Hsu in Taipei at georgehsu@bloomberg.net

If Taiwan had feet, they'd be riddled with bullet holes. The latest gaffe from our foreign ministry involves NBA star Yao Ming, who has invited to Taiwan to raise money for local charity:


Yao Ming, center for the NBA's Houston Rockets, was denied permission to visit Taiwan next month for a charity fund-raising luncheon, the China Times reported, citing Taiwan Basketball Association Deputy Secretary- General Wang Jen-sheng.

The Mainland Affairs Council on Aug. 23 verbally informed the association, which had submitted the application, of the Taiwanese government's decision, the Taipei-based Chinese- language newspaper reported. Yao, who is from China, was scheduled to arrive on Sept. 7, and planned to raise $200,000 for the island's charity groups, the newspaper reported.

No reason for the decision was given in the newspaper report.

Taiwan and China have been ruled separately since 1949, when communist troops took control of the mainland. China has threatened to invade Taiwan if the island declares independence.
What dumb idea! Fortunately, the media is reporting today that the government realized how stupid it was being, and is reconsidering:


Taiwan government agencies last week called a meeting to review the application and decided to ask Taiwan Basketball Association, which had submitted it, to provide "further details" on the basketball player and the purpose of his trip, Liu Te-Shun, vice chairman at the council, said today in a telephone interview.

Liu denied a China Times report earlier today, citing Taiwan Basketball Association Deputy Secretary-General Wang Jen- sheng, saying the council had verbally informed the association the government decided to reject the application.

"We didn't see all the details and information needed to make a decision," Liu aid. "We will hold another meeting after the association has submitted materials as asked."
Maybe the China Times is making the story up -- such invention is routine and used to cast positive moments for the government in a negative light (like the cadet sex story). But the government's comment that it will hold "another" meeting indicates that the story is likely true.

MEDIA NOTE: Observe how in both stories, the last paragraph baldly asserts that....

Taiwan and China have been ruled separately since 1949, when communist troops took control of the mainland. China has threatened to invade Taiwan if the island declares independence.
.....even though that particular media factoid has nothing to do with the story at hand. Editors constantly interpolate this and similar constructions into stories out of Taiwan. This practice results in readers constantly being bombarded with Beijing's point of view (China has....), as well as occupying space that could be used to give more developed and nuanced presentations. The fact is that China has not threatened to invade if Taiwan actually declares independence. It has threatened to invade if the island moves too far in that direction, not mere for reaching that goal (hence the construction is wrong). Imagine if the presentation was Taiwan-centric:


China has claimed Taiwan since 1949, when the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) retreated to the island after it lost the Chinese civil war to the Communists. However, postwar treaties make no mention of the final recipient of the island's sovereignty, and legal experts consider China's claims doubtful at best.
What a strange world that would be, eh?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:13 pm
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Whatever the issues people think it relates to, such as revenge on Taiwan's rejection of VISA to Venezvela on Junior league world championship games or dispute of route for olympic torch (?), I personally think the government (DPP) does not know how to deal with Yao's popularity. Yao represents the glory of China. If Yao's charisma earns the heart of many in Taiwan, it's a setback to TI movement. DPP learned well from KMT and would consider this as part of the "war of unification" from China. If government is controlled by KMT, it's less likely to be rejected.

http://udn.com/NEWS/WORLD/WOR1/3987487.shtml (Chinese only)
Judging from this article, I do think this is part of "war of unification." DPP knows that very well.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:06 pm
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This will not happen when KMT returns to power :twisted:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:39 pm
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it is taiwan's loss if they don't allow yao to visit for charity purposes. they are cutting off their noses to spite themselves.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:24 pm
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ThePrivate wrote:
it is taiwan's loss if they don't allow yao to visit for charity purposes. they are cutting off their noses to spite themselves.


replace with "their faces" :D


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:35 pm
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yeah man, like farting in the wind. why would you do that if no one can smell it?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:06 pm
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First it was the Giant Pandas they rejected, now its Giant Yao. Seriously, Taiwan is doing stuff more and more for political purposes. Its disgusting.

Maybe someone should ask Chen Shui Bien to take U.S $200k out of his treasure chest and donate it to these charities.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:55 pm
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I say assassinate the sucka. For realz dis time. But make it look like he got mugged by some aborigines.


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