June 17, 2019 - 15:52
The New Southbound Policy and China’s ‘united front’   Mon, Jun 03, 2019 - Page 6   On Friday last week (May 24), I was pleasantly surprised when the State Department’s senior diplomat for East Asia and the Pacific, acting Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy,...
May 23, 2019 - 15:07
President Tsai and Taiwan’s sovereignty Mon, Apr 29, 2019 - Page 6 Here in Washington, D.C., the Taiwanese-American community is heavily sympathetic to the Democratic Progressive Party. The rivalry for the DPP upcoming presidential nomination has evenly divided them, with many dissatisfied...
April 25, 2019 - 11:43
  I don’t know if anyone, inside or outside Taiwan, wants another paean to the US’ Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) on its 40th birthday on April 10. However, it pains me, as a young US foreign service officer assigned to human rights duties on the Taiwan desk at the US Department of...
April 16, 2019 - 13:51
Mao Zedong’s ‘warlord’ jokes Mon, Mar 25, 2019 - Page 6     Four decades ago, in September 1979, when I entered duty on the State Department’s “Taiwan Coordination Staff,” my departing predecessor pointed me to a stack of black loose-leaf binders in the...
March 6, 2019 - 16:30
After 40 years, AIT officers should be Senate-confirmed   Mon, Feb 11, 2019 - Page 6   In my never-ending research into the history of America’s relationship with Taiwan, my thoughts drift back 40 years to February 1979, a cold and snowy month which threatened to cool the Congress...
December 25, 2018 - 19:04
It is a delightful paradox when you think about it now: before 1979, Taiwan had a permanent population, secure borders, effective government and sovereign foreign relations, the four attributes of a “state as a person in international law.” But, alas, the United States did not recognize...
November 20, 2018 - 16:52
The Taipei Times   Editorials Mon, Nov 12, 2018 - Page 6  Tkacik On Taiwan:  Is Washington watching Pratas Island’s economic zone? http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2018/11/12/2003704058 Mon, Nov 12, 2018 - Page 6 Last week in the Taipei Times (“Stars and...
November 20, 2018 - 16:55
Stars and Stripes over Pratas Island The US occupied the small island for a day towards the end of World War II By John J. Tkacik, Jr.  /  Mon, Nov 05, 2018 - Page 8 Submarine crews in wartime generally know the date and time, but often lose track of the days. And the nights. On Tuesday...
October 6, 2018 - 15:07
Tkacik On Taiwan: The Vatican’s ‘provisional accord’ with Beijing   Monday, October 01, 2018 - Page 6   When the dust settles and the incense clears away, the “provisional accord” between the Holy See and Beijing that was announced (but not revealed) on...
September 16, 2018 - 15:36
Surf and Turf’: Maps and the ‘one China’ principle   Taipei Times Mon, Aug 20, 2018 - Page 6   Last Monday morning (Aug. 13), my attention was attracted to an eye-catching story, complete with photo and maps, in the middle of the Washington Post’s print edition...

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