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Text: Former AIT Director Bill Stanton Speech on Taiwan's Future

March 15, 2013
World Taiwanese Congress

National Security and Taiwan's Future
Remarks by William A. Stanton
World Taiwanese Congress
Taipei, Taiwan
March 15, 2013

Thank you, Dr. Kao, President of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, for your kind introduction. And special thanks to Ms. Susan Chang, convener of the World Taiwanese Congress, for inviting me to attend this year's conference to address the critical issue of Taiwan's national security. …. [Acknowledge other VIPs]….. ladies and gentlemen, ….. Good Morning!

New Bengbu Class: Light Guided Missile Corvette

March 14, 2013
People's Daily - Page 2

New Class of Naval Corvette: the ‘Bengbu’ joins the fleet

《 人民日报 》( 2013年03月14日 02 版)

The first of the PLA fleet’s light guided missile corvettes was launched at a ceremony at Zhoushan, Zhejiang (March 13), marking the entry of this class of warship into naval service. The Bengbu is China’s newest class of vessels which boasts a spectrum of armaments, its major job is patrol, alert and protection, which it can do solo or in cooperation with other military units, in antisubmarine warfare and surface warfare missions

Remarks on Technology Transfer from Taiwan to China: Is there a Risk?

March 13, 2013
China Business Intelligence

University of Denver
April 4, 2003

Remarks on Technology Transfer from Taiwan to China: Is there a Risk?

by John J. Tkacik, Jr.

For two decades, American foreign policy operated on the premise that trade with China would have an inevitable liberalizing effect. This persisted after the Tiananmen crisis, and even after the 1996 Taiwan Strait missile crisis when Beijing attempted to intimidate Taiwanese voters from casting ballots for President Lee Teng-hui. It was at the foundation of Clinton's China policy and apparently undergirds the Bush policy as well.

Transcript: remarks by Capt. James Fanell, PacFleet

January 31, 2013
U.S. Naval Institute

This is an interesting and informed view of a professional in China intelligence . . . I understand this represents his own views, but they are significant nonetheless




Capt Fanell, USN
Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence and Information Operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet


January 31, 2013
U.S. Naval Institute
San Diego, CA

Rare Earths Shakedown

October 24, 2012

 News today that Baotou Steel Rare Earth Group will "suspend production" of rare earths for a month . . . to stabilize falling prices.  (see  Chuin-wei Yap's article in the Wall Street Journal at 


This doesn't sound like a price-driven decision . . . the price of rare earths has gone up 10 times since 2009 . . . this is more like a shakedown of the global IT industry.



PLA Leadership shuffle

October 23, 2012

All the major news agencies reported a few moves in the Chinese People's Liberation Army leadership yesterday including:



A Hong Kong dollar re-peg to the RMB?

October 22, 2012


" . . . Would-be US leaders would do well to note that for probably the first time since the second world war the dollar bloc in east Asia has been displaced. In its wake a currency bloc based on China’s renminbi is emerging. . . ."


Biography: How AIT really sees Tsai Ing-wen

October 22, 2012
Taipei Times

Taipei Times
AIT has nothing but praise for Tsai

By John J. Tkacik /
Mon, Dec 12, 2011 - Page 8

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is a remarkably talented person. However, don’t take my word for it. It is a view secretly shared by US diplomats in Taipei whose job it is to gather intelligence on Taiwanese politics.

TKACIK: White House bickering and Taiwan’s F-16s

September 21, 2012
The Washington Times


The Washington Times

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Page B-3


TKACIK: White House bickering and Taiwan’s F-16s


TRANSLATION: 我的歷程 – 伍修權 "My Journey" - General Wu Xiuquan's Autobiography

September 18, 2012

I, long ago, from 1986 to 1988, translated these 90 pages of  PLA General Wu Xiuquan’s(伍修權) autobiography, “My Journey” (or “My Career” or “My Curriculum Vitae” or something)  我的歷程. . . . then got distracted and in the meantime have misplaced my copy . . . 

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