The "Third China" in the 21st Century

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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.

China: Wealthy State, Strong Army -- and a Powerful Party

September 23, 2008

For over a decade, China's industrial and military strength has expanded with breathtaking speed. As one economist succinctly noted, China's economic growth "is losing its capacity to shock . . . however astonishing it would be elsewhere."[1]

International Recognition of Taiwan's "Unsettled" Status

September 6, 2008
National Taiwan Chengchi University

 Taiwan's "Unsettled" International Status

By John J. Tkacik, Jr.
National Taiwan Chengchi University
September 6, 2008

Georgia: Olympic Invasion: China, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Russia's Aggression

September 4, 2008

Friday, August 8, was the holiest day in China's 2008 calendar. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush were in Beijing (along with 54 other heads of state and 15 prime ministers) to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Russia also invaded Georgia that day. China shrugged off the Russian desecration of the sacred date, but the invasion sent shudders through Russia's former Soviet republics.

Beijing's Olympic Message: China Will Do What It Wants

August 29, 2008

The blazing pageantry of the Beijing Olympics -- the most spectacular Olympian celebration in over 70 years -- is rightfully being heralded as the symbol of China' arrival as a global power. The bright Olympic spotlight showed the world a Chinese communist regime that is secure in its power, even if not in its legitimacy. While China cared deeply about the impression it made during its time in the international limelight (cared to the tune of $44 billion) such concern does not extend outside the Olympic venues.

The China Delusion

August 28, 2008
Human Events

by Thaddeus McCotter and John Tkacik

On Thursday, August 7, President George W. Bush spoke in Bangkok, Thailand about his vision for China's future. "Change in China will arrive on its own terms and in keeping with its own history and its own traditions," the president predicted. He pronounced, "Yet change will arrive."

Mongolia's Current Political Situation: Implications for the OSCE

July 31, 2008
US Congressional Commission on the OSCE

I know that the members of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe are serious observers of Eurasian events and that you are con­cerned about the direction of Mongolia's democracy after the June 29, 2008, parliamentary election. I, too, am concerned. Mongolia was once thought of as a vast but isolated Central Asian desert with little relevance to the strategic interests of metropolitan Europe or East Asia. And, indeed, as recently as a quarter-centu­ry ago, that was a valid view.

Bush administration decision weakens Taiwan's position

July 21, 2008
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

by John Tkacik, Jr. , Gary Schmitt '

Not long after becoming president in 2001, George Bush said he would do "anything it takes to help Taiwan defend herself." But when he leaves office in January, he will have created a situation that seriously undermines that pledge.

The Bush administration had blocked nearly $16 billion in U.S. arms transfers to Taiwan.

Tkacik says Arms Sale Freeze Violated Taiwan Relations Act

July 18, 2008
China Times Online Edition

 Tkacik says Arms Sale Freeze Violated Taiwan Relations Act


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