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China: An Unkind Century

Victims of Communism Memorial Virtual Museum

 China: An Unkind Century
Author: John Tkacik [1]

The Twentieth Century was unkind to the Chinese people. It began with the collapse in 1911 of the last imperial dynasty after decades of corruption, inept governance and social disintegration. From the wreckage of empire, provincial warlords struggled for power and profit at the expense of the people.



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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Remarks on the new US administration’s approach to cross-strait relations.

Remarks on Europe and the new US administration’s approach to cross-strait relations.

Conference on Taiwan’s New Security Predicament
Hosted by: The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
Whitehall, London, December 2, 2008.

By John J. Tkacik, Jr.

Taiwan's Missile Referendum


 January 21, 2004

by John Tkacik, Jr. WEBMEMO #401

After years of military intimidation by Beijing, Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian has announced wording for a referendum designed to draw both domestic and international attention to China's missile threat to the democratic island. And he has succeeded.

The Bush Administration and Congress must preempt China's belligerence by:

Wen Jiabao and Zeng Qinghong: The Two Centers of China's Fourth Generation


The Two Centers of China’s Fourth Generation:

Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Zeng Qinghong

By John Tkacik
May 2004

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