Thursday, May 17, 2012

Exchanges


An exhibition of Chinese calligraphy, seal cutting, and paintings was staged at the Art Center of Lunghwa University of Science and Technology this afternoon. It was in fact a joint exhibition featuring the art works by teachers of both Lunghwa and Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. At the opening ceremony, in addition to the usual emphasis on the importance of art in life, leaders of both institutes unanimously and unavoidably expressed their optimism to a more fruitful future cooperation.

On the eve of President Ma Ying-jeou’s inauguration for his second term, people of both sides of the Taiwan Strait are getting more and more inured to the various exchange activities in almost every conceivable field. The “almost” here refers to the fact that there are things not to be touched, an example of which is the disapproval of military personnel to have any contacts with anyone from mainland China since Taiwan still regards People’s Republic of China as her imaginary enemy.

An air force major was severely admonished by the military authorities for courting a reporter from mainland China. Major Hsiao Peng-chi, a Mirage jet fighter pilot, was grounded pending to further investigation for failing to obtain prior approval to date a mainland national. Under the current Act of Punishment of the Armed Forces, Major Hsiao not only faced disciplinary action against him but risked losing his wing. For a fighter pilot, permanent grounding means the end of his career. It is certainly a huge price to pay for a romantic relationship. Some “exchanges” are still not advised at this moment.

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