The "Third China" in the 21st Century

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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.


The "ASL" as the "Anti-TRA": China's Anti-secession Law and the impact on U.S. Relations with Taiwan.

March 13, 2009
China Business Intelligence

Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica,

Taipei, Taiwan

By John J. Tkacik, Jr.

Communism in China

February 1, 2009
Victims of Communism Memorial Virtual Museum



Communism in China

By John J. Tkacik

Technology Leadership, Economic Power and National Security: The China Factor

October 31, 2008
China Business Intelligence

  Remarks at the Heritage Foundation - October 23, 2008

Has the Next Great Leader of North Korea Been Announced?

October 24, 2008

Has the Next Great Leader of North Korea Been Announced?

October 24th, 2008

I. Introduction

The following are comments on the editorial "Has the Next Great Leader of North Korea Been Announced?” by Rudiger Frank. John J. Tkacik, Jr, is the Senior Research Fellow in Asian Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Rudiger Frank is a Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Vice Director of the East Asian Institute at the University of Vienna.


Taiwan Arms Sales: Less Than Meets the Eye

October 8, 2008

After more than seven years of waiting, there is reason to celebrate the final approval of a $6.4 billion U.S. arms sale to Taiwan. Unfortunately, there is less to this package than meets the eye. Rather than addressing Taipei's deteriorating military balance against China's rapidly modernizing and expanding forces, these approvals provide gasps of new oxygen to Taiwan's aging defenses, which were starved of air initially by domestic politics and then, for the last year, by Washington's concern about Beijing's ire.

Taiwan's Defense Hobbled by U.S. Arms "Freeze

September 27, 2008

The word is sweeping Washington -- or at least the Taiwan-watchers in Washington (including those in the Chinese embassy) -- that the Bush Administration is continuing its "freeze" of eight major defense packages necessary to Taiwan's security. President Bush's failure to submit congressional notifications for the multibillion-dollar Taiwanese arms tranche raises the prospect that he is washing his hands of Taiwan's security concerns.

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