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Taiwan New President Inaugural Speech

Ma Yingjiu inaugural speech yesterday:

part 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=aXsEPY8ShvU
part 2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=r_FZfcDQn3s
part 3: http://youtube.com/watch?v=jtXVjfGuBNw

I think his speech is generally positive for the across-strait relationship. But his speech dashed the hope for any immediate political solution. He advocates “no independence, no unification, no military armament”.
Taiwan index was down 2.5% afterwards:
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Taiwan ETF is down over 3% today, but the trend is still up:

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EEM: MSCI emerging market index
EWT: Taiwan ETF

Fear no more

Bloomberg reports TED spread, which measures the difference in yields on three-month U.S. Treasury bills and the three-month London interbank offered rate, or Libor, dropped to nine-month low. Market confidence is coming back.

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Earthquake and China

NY Times reports, in earthquake, China is beginning to develop its own robust civil society.  This can't happen without rising economic prosperity and personal wealth.  Milton Friedman's essay on the relation between economic freedom and political freedom makes more sense than ever.