The "One China" Dilemma
Edited by Peter C.Y. Chow
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 336 pages, US$95.00
Reviewed by John J. Tkacik
When China ruled the seas 600 years ago, between 1407 and 1433, the "treasure fleets" (baochuan 寶船) of the Ming emperor Yongle (永樂) transited the Taiwan Strait fourteen times.
The Taiwan Conundrum: Maritime Security Capacity Building in East Asia Before a Taiwan Strait Settlement
The Taiwan Conundrum:
Maritime Security Capacity Building in East Asia Before a Taiwan Strait Settlement
By John J. Tkacik, Jr.
By John J. Tkacik and Hon/ Thaddeus McCotter
China's cyber-attacks on Google these past several weeks were, sadly, mere replays of state-sponsored Chinese attacks on literally thousands of other American and foreign companies, human rights groups, individuals and, yes, even the U.S. government, including Congress.
Global warming does not worry China, a fact that partially accounts for Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's shabby treatment of President Obama at the Copenhagen climate conference last month.
In an opinion column in Britain's Guardian newspaper, one insider was quoted as saying, "The truth is this: China wrecked the [Copenhagen] talks; intentionally humiliated Barack Obama; and insisted on an awful 'deal' so Western leaders would walk away carrying the blame."
In November, Chinese air force commander Gen. Xu Qiliang observed that "competition between military forces is now turning toward the realm of space, [and] military modernization is ceaselessly expanding into space."
But during his visit to Beijing a few days later, President Obama talked about "cooperation" rather than competition. In a joint statement with Chinese President Hu Jintao, the two leaders called for "a dialogue on human space flight and space exploration, based on the principles of transparency, reciprocity and mutual benefit."
BIOGRAPHIC ESSAY (2) The Two Centers of China’s Fourth Generation: Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Zeng Qinghong
BIOGRAPHIC ESSAY (2)
The Two Centers of China’s Fourth Generation: Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Zeng Qinghong
By John Tkacik 譚慎格
Saturday, Nov 28, 2009, Page 8
James Lilley, who died on Nov. 12, served as the senior US diplomat in both Taipei and Beijing, and was therefore intensely interested in Taiwan-China interactions. But he also had a healthy skepticism of the supposed benefits of cross-strait peace if it meant Taiwan were to be absorbed by China. Jim’s uppermost concerns were the values of freedom and democracy and the interests of the American people.
Beijing's 60th National Day celebrations last week featured a "Springtime for Mao" battalion of high-stepping, 5-foot-11 female army recruits decked out in hot magenta miniskirts, white boots and petite submachine guns.
Media Analysis: China Ties with North Korea Undiminished
by John J. Tkacik
The curious appearances in Pyongyang of senior Chinese propaganda and intelligence delegations simultaneous to Bill Clinton's early August visit coincided with false rumors that China had halted "vanadium" shipments to North Korea and had shut down a copper mine operation in the country. The Clinton visit turned out to be a propaganda coup for "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il. Is there more to China-North Korea amity than meets the untrained eye?
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