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  • Play Movie John Tkacik on Fox News 11/25/08 Video Recorded on December 8, 2008 John Tkacik on Fox News 11/25/08

    John Tkacik on Fox News comments on Chinese computer hackers…

  • WebMemo posted October 8, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Taiwan Arms Sales: Less Than Meets the Eye

    After more than seven years of waiting, there is reason to celebrate the final approval of a $6.4 billion U.S. arms sale to Taiwan. Unfortunately, there is less to this package than meets the eye. Rather than addressing Taipei's deteriorating military balance against China's rapidly modernizing and expanding forces, these approvals provide gasps of new oxygen to…

  • WebMemo posted September 27, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Taiwan's Defense Hobbled by U.S. Arms "Freeze"

    The word is sweeping Washington -- or at least the Taiwan-watchers in Washington (including those in the Chinese embassy) -- that the Bush Administration is continuing its "freeze" of eight major defense packages necessary to Taiwan's security. President Bush's failure to submit congressional notifications for the multibillion-dollar Taiwanese arms tranche raises the…

  • WebMemo posted September 23, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. China: Wealthy State, Strong Army -- and a Powerful Party

    For over a decade, China's industrial and military strength has expanded with breathtaking speed. As one economist succinctly noted, China's economic growth "is losing its capacity to shock . . . however astonishing it would be elsewhere."[1] Despite China's signal disinterest in human rights (either for its own people or anywhere else), its equanimity toward nuclear…

  • Lecture posted September 15, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Mongolia's Current Political Situation: Implications for the OSCE

    Delivered July 31, 2008 I know that the members of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe are serious observers of Eurasian events and that you are con­cerned about the direction of Mongolia's democracy after the June 29, 2008, parliamentary election. I, too, am concerned. Mongolia was once thought of as a vast but isolated Central Asian desert…

  • WebMemo posted September 4, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Olympic Invasion: China, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Russia's Aggression

    Friday, August 8, was the holiest day in China's 2008 calendar. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush were in Beijing (along with 54 other heads of state and 15 prime ministers) to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Russia also invaded Georgia that day. China shrugged off the Russian desecration of the sacred date,…

  • WebMemo posted August 29, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Beijing's Olympic Message: China Will Do What It Wants

    The blazing pageantry of the Beijing Olympics -- the most spectacular Olympian celebration in over 70 years -- is rightfully being heralded as the symbol of China' arrival as a global power. The bright Olympic spotlight showed the world a Chinese communist regime that is secure in its power, even if not in its legitimacy. While China cared deeply about the impression it…

  • Commentary posted August 28, 2008 by Thaddeus McCotter, John J. Tkacik, Jr. The China Delusion

    On Thursday, August 7, President George W. Bush spoke in Bangkok, Thailand about his vision for China's future. "Change in China will arrive on its own terms and in keeping with its own history and its own traditions," the president predicted. He pronounced, "Yet change will arrive." That is certainly true . . . change always comes. But the president sees China's…

  • Commentary posted July 21, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr., Gary Schmitt Bush administration decision weakens Taiwan?s position

    Not long after becoming president in 2001, George Bush said he would do "anything it takes to help Taiwan defend herself." But when he leaves office in January, he will have created a situation that seriously undermines that pledge. The Bush administration had blocked nearly $16 billion in U.S. arms transfers to Taiwan. Now, the policy has become to derail…

  • WebMemo posted July 16, 2008 by Brett D. Schaefer, John J. Tkacik, Jr. Zimbabwe’s Enabler: How Chinese Arms Keep Mugabe in Power

    For decades, China has been a stalwart ally of Robert Mugabe. This relationship began in the 1970s, when China armed Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) guerrillas against white rule in Southern Rhodesia.[1] Subsequently, it was no surprise when China and Russia vetoed a July 12 United Nations Security Council resolution to sanction Mugabe and key figures in…

  • Play Movie John Tkacik on CNN Lou Dobbs 4/1/08 Video Recorded on June 30, 2008 John Tkacik on CNN Lou Dobbs 4/1/08

    John Tkacik on CNN Lou Dobbs 4/1/08…

  • Play Movie John Tkacik on CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight, 4/30/08 Video Recorded on June 30, 2008 John Tkacik on CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight, 4/30/08

    John Tkacik on CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight, 4/30/08…

  • Play Movie John Tkacik on FOX News' Special Report with Brit Hume Video Recorded on June 27, 2008 John Tkacik on FOX News' Special Report with Brit Hume

    John Tkacik on FOX News' Special Report with Brit Hume, 5/15/08…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Clear signal needed on disputed isles

    In March 2004, the last time controversy over the Senkaku (Diaoyutai) islands surfaced, the US State Department affirmed that the United States Mutual Security Treaty with Japan covered the islands. "The Senkaku Islands have been under the administrative control of the government of Japan since having been returned as part of the reversion of Okinawa in 1972,"…

  • WebMemo posted June 26, 2008 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. Seismic Suppression: Chinese Censorship After the SichuanEarthquake

    Those who thought that the devastating Sichuan earthquake of May 12 brought out the best in the Chinese government should think again. Six weeks after the quake, it has become obvious that the local government's incompetence and venality was responsible for the collapse of schools while other buildings stood. But now that foreign reporters are covering the deaths…