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Further notes on Taiwan’s Status

More on the US position toward Taiwan’s sovereignty, from Bill Geertz at the Washington Times…
Inside the RingBill GertzThursday, June 26, 2008WASHINGTON TIMES
Questioning one China
The Bush administration has backed away from China’s position on Taiwan by declaring in a diplomatic note to the United Nations that the issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty remains unsettled and effectively stating [...]

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China Threatens US Defense Contractors

And he writhed inside at what seemed like the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.
The reliably excellent Wendell Minnick has a couple of stories out this week. The [...]

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H-ASIA: Review of Dangerous Strait

This was passed around H-Asia today. Note the use of the loaded term ’separatist’ to describe our independence movement.
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Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, ed. _Dangerous Strait: The U.S.-China-Taiwan Crisis_. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. xii + 272 pp. Notes, index. $41.50 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-13564-1.
Reviewed for H-Diplo by Qiang Zhai, Department of History, Auburn University Montgomery
Staying off [...]

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US-China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission had a hearing last week on China’s views of its own sovereignty and methods of access control. The agenda included presentations by many familiar names.
From Allen Carlson:
….Indeed, while the virulence with which the Chinese have maintained their right to rule over Tibet, Taiwan, Xinjiang and Hong Kong has [...]

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Tkacik on the UN and the Status of Taiwan

John Tkacik has a wonderful piece that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the recent US response to Taiwan’s UN drive, as well as some historical information on the San Francisco Peace Treaty.
“In accordance with that resolution, the United Nations considers Taiwan for all purposes to be an integral part of the People’s Republic of [...]

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Doug Bandow on US-Taiwan-China Relations

Doug Bandow has a long piece on US-Taiwan-China relations in the current American Spectator. A highlight:
AT THE SAME TIME, the presumed U.S. security commitment has discouraged Taiwanese military investment. For four years the KMT-dominated legislative Yuan blocked the government’s military budget. The two sides recently agreed on new orders for U.S. arms, but the effort [...]

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Hsieh’s Journey to the West

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell met with DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh, currently on a trip to the US. Hsieh described the meeting:

Hsieh, who is on a“love and trust”in the US, related Powell said he understood China has been waging psychological warfare against Taiwan for the past 50 years but his country will hold [...]

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Triarchy, State, and Myopia

Chamberlain honestly believed that world peace could be guaranteed by economic prosperity, by ending existing economic difficulties; and he believed that these troubles could be solved by reducing military expenditures and by balancing national budgets. Germany, he believed, would become more peacefully inclined if southeastern Europe were opened to German economic exploitation, thereby ridding the [...]

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North Korea as future ally of US?

My friend John alerted me to this interview on NPR with New Mexico governor Bill Richardson on his recent trip to North Korea. The money quote:
Does the U.S. at this point approach North Korea from a weakened state since that country knows full well that this country’s military is stretched rather thin?
Well, they know that [...]

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October 2006 CRS Report on US-Taiwan Relations

Last October the Congressional Research Service, whose job is to lay out policy options for Congress, described some of the issues in US-Taiwan relations. Some of it is quite good. The section that discusses “Credibility” gives an excellent overview of the falling out between the Bush Administration and Chen Shui-bian, and the Bush Administration’s ongoing [...]

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Halloran vs. Tkacik on China Threat

The Council on Foreign Relations, the Foreign Affairs wing of US establishment elites, offers this debate on the China Threat between Richard Halloran and John Tkacik of the Heritage Foundation:
In early March, China announced it will increase military spending by nearly 18 percent in 2007, to more than $45 billion. Experts say Beijing understates its [...]

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MAC’s Wu to US, Lee to Canada

The media are awash with stories about the move of Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the US, David Lee, to Canada, to make way for Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu to take his place.
Following a report yesterday in the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said that Mainland [...]

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Tancredo Introduces Bill Calling for Congressional Approval of AIT Director

Tom Tancredo’s office sent around notice that he has introduced a bill calling for Congress to oversee the appointment of the AIT director:
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Tancredo Seeks to Put Top U.S. Envoy to Taiwan on Par With Other AmbassadorsBill Would Require Senate Confirmation of American Institute in Taiwan Director
( WASHINGTON , D.C. ) – U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo [...]

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No Blast in the Past: How the US killed Taiwan’s Nuclear Program

Here’s a link I stumbled across today, with discussion and documents, telling the story of how the US snuffed out Taiwan nuclear weapons program in the 1970s.
However much more needs to be learned, these documents provide a telling picture of U.S. nuclear nonproliferation policy at work. In particular, they offer an interesting contrast to the [...]

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Name Changes and the State Department

Rupert Hammond-Chambers, the head of the US-Taiwan Business Council, points out on one of the Taiwan email lists:
For almost 25 years the US-Taiwan Business Council was known by the name USA-ROC Economic Council. It was created in 1976 at a time when the name was deemed appropriate in representation of the US based business community. [...]

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