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  • WebMemo posted March 14, 2008 by Harvey Feldman Hong Kong in a Box

    Conventional wisdom holds that as long as the economy perks along, the people of Hong Kong will remain satisfied and non- or apolitical. This notion has been proved wrong time and again. Tens of thousands still gather each year to memorialize the massacres that took place at Tien An Men (ironically, the name means the Gate of Heavenly Peace) on June 4, 1989. Hundreds of…

  • WebMemo posted December 11, 2007 by Harvey Feldman The Election of Anson Chan: A Step Forward for Democracy in Hong Kong

    Mrs. Anson Chan, who had been the head of Hong Kong's civil service both before and after the handover to China, was elected to the Legislative Council on December 3, defeating her pro-Beijing opponent by 12 percentage points. Her election likely will give new energy to the movement for greater democracy and universal suffrage in Hong Kong, but the obstacles imposed…

  • WebMemo posted October 2, 2007 by Harvey Feldman President Reagan's Six Assurances to Taiwan and Their Meaning Today

    The Reagan Administration spent the first half of 1982 in increasingly tough negotiations with the People's Republic of China (PRC) over America's continuing arms sales to Taiwan following the 1979 shift of U.S. diplomatic relations to Beijing. The Carter Administration had insisted that, given congressional opinion, continuing limited arms sales to Taiwan was a…

  • WebMemo posted May 22, 2007 by Harvey Feldman The Taiwan Status Quo "As We Define It"

    The Bush Administration has often said it opposes attempts by either side-China or Taiwan-to alter the status quo in the Taiwan Strait area. This admonition, given by White House or State Department spokespersons, is almost always directed at statements from, or actions taken by, the government in Taipei. Apparently, China's yearly addition of 100 offensive missiles…

  • Backgrounder posted April 4, 2005 by Harvey Feldman, Balbina Y. Hwang, Ph.D., John J. Tkacik, Jr., Dana Robert Dillon Asia's Security Challenges

    Regrettably, 2005-the Year of the Rooster-is likely to be as challenging to Asian security as 2004 proved to be. On the upside for the region, 11 Asian countries held elections in 2004, consolidating democratic transitions in places such as Indonesia. Japan continued to redefine and expand its interna­tional security role and strengthened its alliance with the…

  • Commentary posted December 2, 2004 by Harvey Feldman Stealing Elections in Ukraine

    There are many ways to steal an election. On Nov. 21, the government of Ukraine tried them all. Busloads of hoodlums -- armed with permission slips allowing them to vote away from home -- cast ballots in successive polling places. Known supporters of the opposition candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, who had been able to vote in round one on Oct. 31, found their names…

  • Commentary posted September 9, 2004 by Harvey Feldman Hong Kong Needs U.S. Support

    Will democracy survive in Hong Kong? We'll know better after Sept. 12, when Hong Kong voters will elect the 30 members of the Legislative Council who run in geographic districts. Another 30 will be chosen by "functional constituencies" -- businessmen, lawyers, accountants, etc. The functional constituency approach (first developed by Benito Mussolini in…

  • Commentary posted March 24, 2004 by Harvey Feldman Taiwan Vote Demands a Softer Stance by Beijing

    Four years ago, when Chen Shui-bian was elected Taiwan's president, he promised he would not declare Taiwan independent of China and would not change the country's name (formally, the Republic of China), its flag or its constitution. And he said he would go anywhere, any time, for talks with the Chinese government as long as there were no preconditions. But for four…

  • Backgrounder posted April 12, 2001 by Harvey Feldman A Primer on U.S. Policy Toward the "One-China" Issue: Questions and Answers

    The Bush Administration has just faced its first foreign policy crisis. China announced on April 11 that the crew of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, held since April 1, would be released. The U.S. plane and a Chinese jet fighter collided in mid-air over international waters. The damaged American airplane made an emergency landing on China's Hainan Island, where it…

  • Executive Memorandum posted June 22, 2000 by Harvey Feldman The Master Stroke of Taiwan's New President

    On May 20, 2000, Taiwan inaugurated a new president, Chen Shui-bian, the Democratic Progressive Party candidate, ending 50 years of rule by the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang (KMT). In the weeks between his election and inauguration, Chen was an impressively canny politician. With wise words and prudent actions, he displayed the leadership necessary to…

  • Executive Memorandum posted August 19, 1999 by Harvey Feldman How Washington Can Defuse Escalating Tensions in the Taiwan Strait

    The People's Republic of China (PRC) once again is threatening military action against the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC). The Beijing-controlled media in Hong Kong report Chinese troops gathering in provinces across the Taiwan Strait and hint at a possible campaign to seize an ROC island. China's Minister of Defense is promising to punish Taiwan for attempting…

  • Testimony posted March 25, 1999 by Harvey Feldman The Twentieth Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act

    Testimony before the Committee on Foreign Relations - United States Senate Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee on Foreign Relations, I am grateful for your invitation to testify at this hearing on the twentieth anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act. A long-time specialist in U.S. relations with Taiwan, I co-chaired the Task Force at the State…

  • Executive Summary posted October 28, 1998 by Harvey Feldman Executive Summary: America's Reponse to China-Taiwan Talks: Encourage But Don't Intefere

    America's interest in preserving peace on the Taiwan Strait can be advanced by the recently resumed senior-level negotiations between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC). From October 14 to 19, after a five-year hiatus, Koo Chen-fu, Chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), and Wang Daohan of China's…

  • Backgrounder posted October 28, 1998 by Harvey Feldman America's Response to China-Taiwan Talks:  Encourage But Don't Interfere

    America's interest in preserving peace on the Taiwan Strait can be advanced by the recently resumed senior-level negotiations between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC). Between October 14 and 19, Koo Chen-fu, Chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), and Wang Daohan of China's Association for Relations Across…

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