The "Third China" in the 21st Century


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.

Tkacik says Taiwan to lose comparative advantage if it signs ECFA

April 30, 2010
Liberty Times - Taiwan

Tkacik says Taiwan to lose comparative advantage if it signs ECFA

譚慎格:簽ECFA 台灣將失原有優勢


台若被併吞 不符美利益



Letter to the Editor: China's industrial might

April 19, 2010

The perception of 44 percent of Americans that "China is already the world's top economic power," while modestly inaccurate, alas is not so "completely at odds with the facts," as Arthur Kroeber would have your readers believe ["Five myths about China's economy," Outlook, April 11]. In pure exchange rate terms, China's $5 trillion gross domestic product is about a third of America's $14 trillion economy. But as most economists would admit, China's renminbi currency is grossly undervalued.

The Rising Chinese Superpower

April 19, 2010
Public Affairs Luncheon Group of Dallas, Texas

 The Rising Chinese Superpower

By John J. Tkacik, Jr.

Thank you Joan. The last time I spoke to you all here at the Dallas Public Affairs Luncheon Club was on January 16, 2006. Perhaps some of you here this afternoon remember me from four years ago -- I’m afraid that my presentation was pretty pessimistic. I confess, I had a number of skeptical -- if not hostile -- questions from you-all in the audience.

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