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Removing the Taiwan Stone from Asia’s Great “Gō” Game: Thoughts on Taiwan’s Geographic and Demographic Role in Asia-Pacific Security

February 28, 2012
National Identity and Economic Interest: Taiwan's Competing Options and Their Implications for Regional Stability

Chapter 11

 

Removing the Taiwan Stone from Asia’s Great “Gō” Game: Thoughts on Taiwan’s Geographic and Demographic Role in Asia-Pacific Security

John J. Tkacik, Jr.

I. Introduction


Propaganda Case Study: Wikileaks on HU JINTAO IN CHARGE OF TIBET POLICY; LEADERSHIP

July 4, 2011
China Business Intelligence

 This is a useful cable - it reflects a very disciplined, all-source assault by the MSS and Central Propaganda Dept on Embassy poloffs to 


Chinese Central Propaganda Department says "make America target of criticism"

June 27, 2011
China Digital Times

 

CDT is run by an adjunct professor out of UCal Berkeley, but it has generally seemed reliable on propaganda administration issues . . . This is a window into how the Central Propaganda Department manages political debate in internet chatrooms and listservs . . . and how the CCP/CPD manages search engine censorship . . . The most illuminating bit, of course, is how the CCP/CPD has instructed its commentators to “make America the target” of criticism about the dangers of democratization.

 

 



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Is the U.S. letting its nuclear arsenal collapse?

June 27, 2011
Financial Times

 To repeat, as the Financial Times does, that “world’s nine nuclear-armed powers” will spend $1 trillion over ten years on the “procurement and modernization” of nuclear weapons only befogs the nuclear disarmament debate (Nuclear-armed countries to spend $1,000bn this decade, June 19).

More helpful would have been some FT reference to the fact that, while the U.S. is dismantling its own nuclear arsenal, China is the world’s busiest builder of nuclear weapons.

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Chinese People's Volunteers in the Korean War: Lessons Learned

June 6, 2011
(October 2003)
 
FROM SURPRISE TO STALEMATE:
WHAT THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY LEARNED

FROM THE KOREAN WAR — A HALF-CENTURY LATER
John J. Tkacik, Jr.
INTRODUCTION
 
It is a paradox that the Korean War — the People’s Liberation
Army’s (PLA) first real taste of “positional warfare” — is held out
by the PLA’s historians and tactical instructors as proof of Mao

HSBC move makes Chinese Yuan “more tradable”

March 30, 2011
WSJ

 

 HSBC move makes Chinese Yuan “more tradable”: Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp has launched an offshore currency index for the Chinese renminbi yuan which, while only a microfraction of current global foreign exchange trade volume, certainly makes the yuan “more tradeable.” It also is a step that strengthens confidence in the yuan as an international trading medium. http://blogs.wsj.com/exchange/2011/03/30/hsbc-launches-offshore-yuan-index/



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U.S. imports goods from China – exports empty cardboard boxes

March 30, 2011
WSJ

 

In a sobering article, The Wall Street Journal analyzes the scrap paper industry in Southern California. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870436040457620625058552117...



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Where’s Venezuela’s Oil Going?

March 30, 2011
WSJ & NYT

The Wall Street  Journal says Venezuela will find it hard to sell 1 million barrels a day of crude oil to China – half its production – in exchange for $20 billion in Chinese development financing. Venezuelan crude is heavy and difficult to refine, and a Wikileaks cable from last year suggests China could be getting it for as little as $5 a barrel. Last year, the NYTimes (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/world/americas/19venez.html) reported that China was buying 460,000 bbd from Venezuela, but only 132,000 bbd were actually refined in China.



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Chinese G-20 host wants to replace dollar as reserve currency

March 30, 2011
WSJ

Clearly the Chinese want to have their non-convertable RMB cake and eat it too.  But how can they reap the riches of seigniorage for the yuan without opening it to international trading and - ahem - speculation? A Chinese state-run think tank (which is now hosting a G-20 seminar in Nanjing to study international exchange rates) published a paper Thursday blaming the global financial crisis mostly on the U.S.



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