The "Third China" in the 21st Century


Information Ministry Chief's Resignation is a Letter to Bill Clinton

May 4, 1999
China OnLine

 A worthy journalistic competitor to ChinaOnline brings us news today that China's top telecommunications official has tendered his resignation in protest of Premier Zhu Rongji's concessions to U.S. trade negotiators on China's World Trade Organization (5/4/1999) membership.

A Little Credit, Please, for China

February 4, 1998
The Washington Post

By John J. Tkacik and Dean Cheng

 For most of the past five years, China has been Rodney Dangerfield in Washington -- "it just don't get no respect." But in the current Asian currency meltdown, China's stance deserves everyone's respect.

Human Rights and Security Issues: Hurdles on China's Olympic Track to Respectability

August 10, 2001

 by John Tkacik, Jr.

Seven Years on Good Behavior

July 17, 2001
China OnLine

 by John Tkacik, Jr.

Taiwan's Presidential Inauguration Democracy Rules

May 19, 2000
China OnLine

By John J. Tkacik

Mr. Chen Shui-bian will be sworn in as Taiwan's new president tomorrow because he played by the rules. Perhaps more than any other politician in Taiwan - or in China, for that matter - attorney Chen Shui-bian understands that democracy is played according to constitutional rules which legitimate both the political system and the leaders it elects. Although the President-elect is a firm believer in "Taiwan Independence," he was elected under the constitution of the "Republic of China," and - well - that makes him Chinese.

Fraying Nationalists Offer Taiwan's New President Greatest Challenge

March 20, 2000
China OnLine


By John J. Tkacik

 With the defeat of the Nationalist Party who have ruled the island since 1949, Taiwan's President-elect Chen Shui-bian has vastly more to worry about than Beijing's sullen silence or Washington's nagging as he prepares this Monday morning for his post-election transition meeting with top advisors and aides.

The 2000 Taiwan Election: Democracy on Steroids

March 17, 2000
China OnLine


By John J. Tkacik

Democracy in Taiwan is fully caffeinated. It tingles, makes you nervous, gets the blood pumping through the veins. Taiwan's 22 million people include 15 million voters -- of whom 75% are expected to vote tomorrow in the island's second presidential election.

Chinese People's Volunteers in the Korean War: Lessons Learned

June 6, 2011
(October 2003)

John J. Tkacik, Jr.
It is a paradox that the Korean War — the People’s Liberation
Army’s (PLA) first real taste of “positional warfare” — is held out
by the PLA’s historians and tactical instructors as proof of Mao

James R. Lilley - China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia

July 15, 2004
The Heritage Foundation


China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia
July 15, 2004

Ambassador James R. Lilley

Hosted by:
Larry M. Wortzel, Ph.D.
Vice President for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

China Deconstructs: The "One China" Dilemma

April 17, 2010
Hong Kong Economic Journal


The "One China" Dilemma
Edited by Peter C.Y. Chow
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 336 pages, US$95.00

Reviewed by John J. Tkacik

When China ruled the seas 600 years ago, between 1407 and 1433, the "treasure fleets" (baochuan 寶船) of the Ming emperor Yongle (永樂) transited the Taiwan Strait fourteen times.

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