By SHAILA DEWAN
In the consumer race to have the latest and the best of everything, the downturn has tripped the reset button.
In the past two elections, China has tried and failed to intimidate Taiwanese voters. In 1996 it fired missiles in an attempt to scare voters away from the KMT’s independence-minded Lee Teng-hui—who this week endorsed the DPP’s Mr Hsieh. Again, in 2000, China gave warning of the danger of voting for pro-independence candidates. This year, it seemed to have learned its lesson and has been conspicuously silent. But events in Tibet have spoken louder than words.
trip (SWITCH) Show phonetics
verb [T] -pp-
to move a switch that operates an electrical system, or to cause such a system to start or stop working by moving a switch:
A special system prevents the circuitry being tripped accidentally by a power surge or lightning strike.
conspicuous consumption noun [U] DISAPPROVING
when people spend a lot of money intentionally so that other people notice and admire them for their wealth
conspicuous Show phonetics
very noticeable or tending to attract attention, often in a way that is not wanted:
In China, her blonde hair was conspicuous.
He tried not to look conspicuous and moved slowly along the back of the room.
NOTE: The opposite is inconspicuous.
conspicuously Show phonetics
in a way that is conspicuous:
The temple's grand white arches rose conspicuously over the dirty decaying city.