The "Third China" in the 21st Century


The Ah-Bian Surprise?

March 16, 2000
China OnLine


 By John J. Tkacik

It Depends on What "One China" Means

September 13, 1999
The Washington Times

 By John J. Tkacik

Beijing Hardliners Gain Stronger Hand as China's WTO Hopes to Go Up in Smoke

May 11, 1999
China OnLine

 Hopes for China's quick entry into the World Trade Organization, or for it to achieve permanent "Normal Trade Relations" status, are going up in the smoke of China's pulverized Belgrade Embassy -- and the US Consul General's now burned-out residence in Chengdu.

Admiral Joseph Prueher's Name Floated as Next U.S. Ambassador to China

May 6, 1999
China OnLine

By John J. Tkacik

 The former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Joseph Prueher, is back in the U.S.-China news, with Washington Post political columnist Al Kamen yesterday reporting the White House will name Prueher (pronounced pree-yer) to replace former U.S. Senator James Sasser as the next U.S. ambassador in Beijing.

A spokesman for the White House today would not confirm Kamen's report.

Information Ministry Chief's Resignation is a Letter to Bill Clinton

May 4, 1999
China OnLine

 A worthy journalistic competitor to ChinaOnline brings us news today that China's top telecommunications official has tendered his resignation in protest of Premier Zhu Rongji's concessions to U.S. trade negotiators on China's World Trade Organization (5/4/1999) membership.

A Little Credit, Please, for China

February 4, 1998
The Washington Post

By John J. Tkacik and Dean Cheng

 For most of the past five years, China has been Rodney Dangerfield in Washington -- "it just don't get no respect." But in the current Asian currency meltdown, China's stance deserves everyone's respect.

Human Rights and Security Issues: Hurdles on China's Olympic Track to Respectability

August 10, 2001

 by John Tkacik, Jr.

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.

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