The "Third China" in the 21st Century

Previous Articles

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

August 10, 2001
HERITAGE FOUNDATION EXECMEMO

 by John Tkacik, Jr.


TAIWAN DEPENDENCE: The Trade and Investment Dimension of Cross-Strait Politics

July 30, 2001

 

 By John Tkacik

When Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Chen Shui-bian announced he was running for the country's presidency in June 1999, Washington policy-makers were alarmed. The prospect of a DPP politician actually winning Taiwan's presidency and moving toward "Taiwan Independence" – a long-held dream of the DPP – was a nightmare that Pentagon planners and State Department diplomats have often war-gamed in scenarios that inevitably provoke China into armed conflict.


Death Threats

July 24, 2001
China OnLine

By John J. Tkacik


Seven Years on Good Behavior

July 17, 2001
China OnLine

 by John Tkacik, Jr.


The 1954 Hainan Incident: How Chinese fighter pilots caused another international incident, and how Chinese diplomats resolved it

April 12, 2001
China Business Intelligence

 

 April 12, 2001

By John J. Tkacik

 

Washington, April 12, 2001: Now that the Washington and Beijing have successfully passed the crisis point of this latest "Hainan Incident", I am reminded of another, eerily similar incident in July 1954. There are lessons from history about "keeping an even strain" that might have helped both Beijing and Washington deal more effectively with the crisis. In the end, decision-makers in Washington seem to have learned these lessons better than their counterparts in Beijing.


The 1949 Mukden Incident: Lessons of history from a previous U.S.-China hostage affair

April 9, 2001
China Business Intelligence

 Washington, D.C. April 9, 2001: A half century ago, Chinese communist troops held the staff and families of the U.S. Consulate General in Mukden (now Shenyang) hostage for over a year. Times were different then, but a look back into history gives insights into the mindset of China's present leaders. Internal politics paralyzed early decision-making in the Chinese leadership, while the State Department sought to downplay the issue in an effort to keep it from escalating.


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.


The 2000 Taiwan Election: Democracy on Steroids

March 17, 2000
China OnLine

 

By John J. Tkacik

Democracy in Taiwan is fully caffeinated. It tingles, makes you nervous, gets the blood pumping through the veins. Taiwan's 22 million people include 15 million voters -- of whom 75% are expected to vote tomorrow in the island's second presidential election.


The Ah-Bian Surprise?

March 16, 2000
China OnLine

 

 By John J. Tkacik


Sort Previous Articles

For more information

For more information or to schedule a speaking engagement, please use our Contact form.

Mailing Address:
1307 Westgrove Blvd.
Alexandria, Virginia 22307

Phone Number:
703-768-5105