July 8, 2018 - 15:31
John J. Tkacik, Jr. on Taiwan: The status quo as we define it   Taipei Times Mon, Jul 09, 2018 - Page 6   On Friday, May 25, for the first time, the State Department quietly admitted “China is altering the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and undermining the framework that has...
June 5, 2018 - 14:56
Mon, May 28, 2018 - Page 6   Ah! “Orwellian nonsense.” It is my new favorite epithet in the bemusing lexicon of Washington-Beijing relations. The term was employed by the White House to take the “Chinese Communist Party” itself to task for demanding unquestioning...
June 5, 2018 - 15:08
  When the US had a ‘two Chinas’ policy   As China readies live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions over increased American support for Taiwan, a retired US foreign service officer revisits the evolution of the ‘two Chinas’ policy...
June 5, 2018 - 15:02
John J. Tkacik, Jr. On Taiwan: Sovereign, independent and mutually non-subordinate   Mon, Apr 16, 2018 - Page 6     It was refreshing. Not twenty days into his tenure, on Sept. 26, 2017, at a Legislative Yuan interpellation, Taiwan’s new Premier of the Executive Yuan, Dr....
March 5, 2018 - 15:38
Nearly a half-millennium ago, on Aug. 9, 1549, Jesuit father Francis Xavier glimpsed the caramel beaches and emerald woodland slopes of ancient Formosa from the railings of the Malaccan junk he had hired to sail him northward to Japan. Father Francis did not further remark on the island, hearing...
March 5, 2018 - 15:43
The Holy Land today, at first glance, has scant relevance for Taiwan. But President Donald Trump’s new Jerusalem policy last month has set me thinking. The international legal statuses of Taiwan and Jerusalem both are grounded in the murky diplomatic arcana of post-war peace treaties. Both...
July 9, 2018 - 15:29
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June 5, 2018 - 15:49
Spirit travels through an ancient land   Former US diplomat John Tkacik ponders Su Dongpo’s ‘Red Cliff Meditation’ and the impact it continues to have on his reading of Chinese   By John Tkacik  / Mon, Jul 24, 2017 - Page 8   During my forty-odd years of...
May 17, 2017 - 17:34
  Congressional Oversight of AIT    by Peter Chen   Peter Chen is the President of the Formosa Association for Public Affairs.   Taiwan has been - literally - lucky in the recent sequence of superb American foreign service officers who capably have shepherded U.S. diplomacy...
March 21, 2017 - 16:31
Breaking with Taiwan is Chinese Precondition for Vatican Thaw  Despite a year of fervid speculation on a Vatican-China breakthrough, Beijing’s precondition for movement is breaking Vatican-Taiwan ties, otherwise nothing gets done. by John J. Tkacik  When I was a young lad—just...

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