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...
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...

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