The "Third China" in the 21st Century

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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.


Is the Clinton Administration Still Committed to the “Six Assurances”?

February 18, 2000

 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"


Gathering Clouds: One Country, Two Systems Isn't Working

June 28, 2002
The Wall Street Journal Asia

 By John J. Tkacik

Hong Kong has now been part of China for five years and only a few of the dire predictions of economic malaise and political suffocation that were so widespread among international pundits before 1997 have come true so far. But there are worrying signs of trouble ahead.


The United States Should Encourage India and Pakistan to Disengage

January 25, 2002
HERITAGE FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE MEMORANDUM

 by Dana Dillon and John J Tkacik, Jr.

Recent events have again pushed South Asia to the brink of war. On December 13, 2001, Pakistan-based terrorists attacked India's parliament, killing 14 people. India's reaction, however justified, has turned a gross criminal act into a military standoff. Both countries sent heavy troops to their common border and brandished the nuclear option.


Free Speech: Beijing Prepares to Censor Bush

February 21, 2002
The Wall Street Journal Asia

 By John J. Tkacik

 

It has become a tradition before every visit by a U.S. president for Beijing to promise not to censor his remarks. This latest trip by George W. Bush is no exception. Speaking on Feb. 6, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman pledged that Mr. Bush's press conference today, and his speech at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University tomorrow, will be broadcast live and -- most importantly -- uncut.


Who's Hu? Assessing China's Heir Apparent, Hu Jintao

April 19, 2002
HERITAGE FOUNDATION BACKGROUNDER

 A Biographical Look at Vice President Hu Jintao

John Tkacik


Death Threats

July 24, 2001
China OnLine

By John J. Tkacik


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.


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