The "Third China" in the 21st Century

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Visits by top China delegations to Pyongyang coincided with Clinton's

September 9, 2009
GeoStrategy Direct

by John J. Tkacik

The curious appearances in Pyongyang of senior Chinese propaganda and intelligence delegations simultaneous to Bill Clinton's early August visit coincided with false rumors that China had halted "vanadium" shipments to North Korea and had shut down a copper mine operation in the country. The Clinton visit turned out to be a propaganda coup for "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il. Is there more to China-North Korea amity than meets the untrained eye?

The U.S. Doesn't Recognize China's Claims to Taiwan

September 1, 2009
Wall Street Journal

It may be ancient history, but Richard V. Allen's memory of Nixon's Taiwan policy is garbled ("The Next Step in the Taiwan-China Dance," Aug. 17). As a U.S. foreign service officer I worked on China and Taiwan affairs for 20 years, and I can attest that the U.S. has never subscribed to China's territorial claims on Taiwan. Nor did President Richard Nixon ever publicly articulate such a policy.


Hu you gonna to call? Pyongyang gets Chinese advice on Bill Clinton

August 17, 2009

 Hu you gonna to call? Pyongyang gets Chinese advice on Bill Clinton

By John J. Tkacik, Jr.

Hu you gonna to call? Pyongyang gets Chinese advice on Bill Clinton

August 9, 2009
East-Asia Intelligence

Sometime in the last days of July, Kim Jong Il had nailed down former U.S. President Bill Clinton's scheduled arrival in Pyongyang to petition "Dear Leader" for the pardon of imprisoned U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling. That was when the Chinese Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee must have decided to send the Party's Central Propaganda Department Senior Vice Minister, Luo Shugang, to North Korea for five days of in-depth consultations with the "Dear Leader" and top Korean Workers Party counterparts.


America's adversaries, China's friends

July 16, 2009
Washington Times

"In the world today, virtually all of America's adversaries are China's friends." This remarkable observation was made in South China's popular Guangzhou Daily by Yuan Peng, a U.S.-trained expert serving China's Ministry of State Security, in a November 2007 article titled "America's three major schemes to impede China's rise."

Sea of Blood, Year of Friendship: China-North Korean Relations in 2009

June 12, 2009
Jamestown China Brief


Sea of Blood, Year of Friendship: China-North Korean Relations in 2009

By John J. Tkacik, Jr.

It is apparent that North Korea had been preparing for the May 25 nuclear weapons test since late last year, after the U.S. presidential election and while North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il was recuperating from a debilitating stroke he suffered last summer. And it seems that the Chinese leadership was well aware of the internal political dynamics propelling Pyongyang toward a nuclear bomb.

WHO's "China (Province of Taiwan)"?

May 23, 2009

 WHO's "China (Province of Taiwan)"?

By John J. Tkacik, Jr.

Taiwan’s ‘undetermined’ status

May 13, 2009
Taipei Times - Page 8

It is hard to believe that retired ambassador Saito Masaki, head of the Japan Interchange Association (JIA), Tokyo’s de facto embassy in Taipei, would deliver himself of so profound a “personal” observation as “Taiwan’s status is unsettled” without instructions from his government. With the Taipei government increasingly inclined to define Taiwan as China’s sovereign territory, it’s no wonder Japan is alarmed. Taiwanese themselves should be alarmed.


To the Editor: San Francisco and Taipei Treaties on Taiwan sovereignty

May 1, 2009
Taipei Times, Page 8

All were clear on treaty

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) seems to be laboring in a bit of confusion as he ponders the 1952 Treaty of Taipei and its implications for who has ultimate sovereignty on Taiwan (“Treaty confirmed sovereignty: Ma” April 29, page 3).


An Obama TPR: Too little, too late?

April 29, 2009
Taipei Times

While reports of an imminent Taiwan Policy Review (TPR) are premature, it would be a useful exercise as part of a global strategic review of China’s emerging pre-eminence.

China is now the second-most powerful nation on earth. Its economy has already surpassed Japan and Germany in terms of industrial output. It has massive financial clout with which it has bought incredible political patronage across the map. It has a rapidly modernizing military — as the celebrations last week of the Chinese navy’s 60th anniversary demonstrated.


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