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In Reply to: RE: An ordinary commercial fuse is almost always UL approved... posted by Lew on August 14, 2020 at 11:57:31
Just a note about Taiwanese consumer safety guidelines (see link below). They have a comprehensive, mandatory system of compliance that involves conformity to international standards. Folks who think Taiwan might be some sort of Third World backwater nation should think again. I have no problem using a Taiwanese silver alloy wire fuse rather than worrying about choosing a Bussmann or Littelfuse product for peace of mind. That said, freedom of choice tends to be a good thing, with a number of viable options to consider based on personalized criteria of safety and sound quality.
I for one am fully aware that Taiwan is a remarkable first world nation, even though China doesn't think so. I cannot imagine who in the West would think otherwise.
There is a cultural bias against China, sometimes for good reason, and Taiwan tends to get lumped into that baggage, too.
Taiwan as you know, is very sophisticated, with western values, a strong economy, and plenty of manufacturing experience.
FWIW, Among the Taiwanese I have known and still know, there is a split between those who consider themselves "natives" and those who, or whose families, emigrated from China probably since WW2 with Chiang Kai Shek. The former group consider themselves to be the true Taiwanese and resent the ties with China. Can't have a country without some form of internal discord or other that is absolutely invisible to an outsider.
The UK should never have given Hong Kong back to China, since they are like Taiwan with a separate identity and western values. It's very disturbing to see the Chinese crackdown on Hongkongers who simply wish to be treated like other nations without authoritarian rulership.
The UK should never have given Hong Kong back to China . . .
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire following the latter's victory in the First Opium War (1842). IOW, Britain won the right to sell opium to the Chinese by force of arms though the mantra was "free trade". Of course, such a thing would never happen today, would it?
The colony expanded to include the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after Britain's victory in the Second Opium War. Hong Kong was evolving from a colonial outpost into a major entrepôt and was further extended when it obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The colony was restored to China in 1997 when the lease expired (150 years after the First Opium War).
As Lew suggests, Britain had no choice in the matter either politically or legally and even less militarily.
Taiwan as you know, is very sophisticated, with western values
As Humpty-Dumpty might have put it, "There's a nice knock-down oxymoron for you!"
There are rumours in the UK press that some of those "sophisticated western values" are being hotly debated in the US amid a frenzy unusual even for a POTUS election.
(Dates checked and some syntax plagiarised from Wiki but the history is mainstream.)
I would say the term "western values" is ironic rather than oxymoronic, but I take your point. Western values includes good and evil practices and beliefs.
good post ... China wants all it's territories back under it's thumb
any 'western values' will be eroded or ejected
except behind closed doors at the very top of course
but I don't think the Brits had much of a choice. One of my friends likes to point out, not necessarily in defense of the Chinese but just for the irony, that in 99 years of British control, there was never a free election in Hong Kong. I haven't checked his facts.
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