Published on December 2, 2003
This is a useful cable - it reflects a very disciplined, all-source assault by the MSS and Central Propaganda Dept on Embassy poloffs to
BIOGRAPHIC ESSAY (2)
ASSESSING NORTHEAST ASIA
HOW THE PLA SEES NORTH KOREA
John J. Tkacik, Jr.
Introduction: Was North Korea Worth Fighting For?
July 13, 1971
To: EA/ROC – Mr. Charles T. Sylvester
From: L/EA – Robert I. Starr
Subject: Legal Status of Taiwan
You have asked for a comprehensive memorandum analyzing the question of the legal status of Taiwan in terms suitable for Congressional presentation. Attached is a paper that should serve this purpose. It is drawn mainly from the February 3, 1961 Czyzak memorandum, and contains no sensitive information or reference to classified documents.
Concurrence: L – Mr. Salans
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.
Washington's official policy toward Taiwan has been based on the "Taiwan Relations Act" – which takes precedence over the U.S.-China Communiques by virtue of its status as the "law of the land" – and by the lesser-known "Six Assurances." This paper describes the "Six Assurances" and assesses the Clinton Administration's faithfulness to these commitments made by a previous administration directly to the Taiwan government.
The "Six Assurances"
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