The "Third China" in the 21st Century

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CHRONOLOGY OF FORMOSA HISTORY

May 25, 2016

The attached .pdf is a photocopy of a Chronology of Formosan History from 605 a.d. to 1942 prepared in 1943 at the U.S. Department of State. I recovered it from the National Archives files of the Office of Chinese Affairs at the State Department.  While it is over 30 pages long and reflects dated research, it remains a fascinating summary of the island's history from ancient times through the Japanese colonial period and should prove invaluable to all scholars of Taiwan's history.



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How to win a Wargame in the Taiwan Strait

November 5, 2014
China Business Intelligence
 


… First, assume US fighters have a 100% kill rate, and Chinese fighters have a 0% kill rate . . .  Oops!  We still lose.



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China's e-commerce gunrunners

November 4, 2014
Financial Times

Comment: I would take this article more seriously if Xinjiang separatists ever managed to get small arms ... until then, I can't see that it's a real problem for the Public Security Ministry...



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Is China challenging the Bretton Woods system?

October 30, 2014
Financial Times

Comment:  I recommend you read the Financial Times article ... I personally believe Beijing's grand design of an RMB-zone to balance (if not eclipse) the Dollar-Zone is closer than the FT thinks, and much more certain.  And if you "want an order based on law, not on crude power", you'll have to confront China because that's not what China wants.



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China's Middle Class

October 21, 2014
The Washington Post
Comment:  An illuminating datapoint for those interested in understanding China...
 
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2007 - China's Crown Princeling

September 24, 2014
Wall Street Journal Asia Friday-Sunday October 26 - 28, 2007

Who is Xi Jinping? It’s possibly the most important question in China today. At the 17th Party Congress, Mr. Xi was made head of the Party secretariat to the Standing Committee of the Politburo— which puts him in pole position to lead China when Hu Jintao steps down from the presidency in 2012. And if all goes to plan, he’ll be a far more powerful leader than Mr. Hu.


2002 - Hu's Hostility to the U.S.

September 24, 2014
The Wall Street Journal Asia

COMMENTARY

FROM THE ARCHIVES: April 29, 2002 

 

Hu's Hostility to the U.S.

 

By JOHN TKACIK

 


2005 - "'Tis Better to be Feared than Loved" - China’s Quest for Asia

June 3, 2014
Policy Review

'Tis Better to be Feared than Loved" - China’s Quest for Asia  

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By Dana Dillon and John J. Tkacik Jr.

 


2006 - "Hedging" China

May 21, 2014
China Business Intelligence

 April 11, 2006


Pacific Pivot, Taiwan Fulcrum Maritime Taiwan and Power Transition in Asia

May 1, 2014
The US Strategic Pivot to Asia and Cross-Strait Relations: Economic and Security Dynamics

The banner headline of the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper was printed in large bold characters:  “Promoting the establishment of a powerful maritime nation” (海洋强国) is “a major component of the mission of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”  Thus spake Party General Secretary Xi Jinping on August 1, 2013, a date celebrated in China as “Army Day.”  General Secretary Xi’s choice of Army Day for his declaration signaled that this was not a mere civilian goal, but  more significantly a military one.


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