March 21, 2017 - 16:31
Breaking with Taiwan is Chinese Precondition for Vatican Thaw  Despite a year of fervid speculation on a Vatican-China breakthrough, Beijing’s precondition for movement is breaking Vatican-Taiwan ties, otherwise nothing gets done. by John J. Tkacik  When I was a young lad—just...
March 21, 2017 - 16:35
Policy Memorandum for the President-Elect Regarding Taiwan By John J. Tkacik John J. Tkacik is Director of the Future Asia Project at the International Assessment and Strategy Center in Alexandria, Virginia.  He is a retired US foreign service officer with tours in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China...
March 21, 2017 - 16:50
  Donald Trump Has Disrupted Years of Broken Taiwan Policy Trump’s bold move harkens back to the clarity of the Reagan years. John J. Tkacik December 5, 2016   As a long-retired Foreign Service Officer who served in U.S. embassies both in Taipei and Beijing and on the State...
September 2, 2016 - 17:38
Personal thoughts on the ancient history and recent influences of Overseas Chinese communities in the Southeast Asia and the Pacific region and their implications for Future Asia   The Asia-Pacific and the ‘Third China’ in the 21stCentury By John J. Tkacik    Are...
August 11, 2016 - 12:40
The Emperor’s Mysterious Map and the South China Sea  Is China censoring ancient clues to the secret history of the Spratly Islands? By John J. Tkacik  /  Contributing reporter Monday, Jun 27, 2016 - Page 12 Within the imperial chambers of the Wanli Emperor (萬曆), sovereign of...
June 13, 2016 - 11:56
TAIPEI TIMES The bedrock of the ‘six assurances’ By John Tkacik  /  Mon, Jun 13, 2016 - Page 8  On the evening of July 14, 1982, at a secret meeting at then-president Chiang Ching-kuo’s (蔣經國) spartan “Seven Seas Residence” in suburban Taipei, James R....
June 13, 2016 - 11:59
Half a ‘consensus’ worse than none   By John J. Tkacik  / Sat, May 28, 2016 - Page 8     The first test of the cross-strait understanding that many call the so-called “1992 consensus,” by which Taipei and Beijing agreed vaguely (never in writing) to a...
May 25, 2016 - 16:10
The attached .pdf is a photocopy of a Chronology of Formosan History from 605 a.d. to 1942 prepared in 1943 at the U.S. Department of State. I recovered it from the National Archives files of the Office of Chinese Affairs at the State Department.  While it is over 30 pages long and...
November 5, 2014 - 13:09
  … First, assume US fighters have a 100% kill rate, and Chinese fighters have a 0% kill rate . . .  Oops!  We still lose.    … Or you could just sell modern fighters to Taiwan and let them shoulder some of the burden of defending the Strait, eh?...
November 5, 2014 - 13:16
Comment: I would take this article more seriously if Xinjiang separatists ever managed to get small arms ... until then, I can't see that it's a real problem for the Public Security Ministry...   But read the full article for yourself in the Financial Times  at  http://www....

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