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Rumsfeld urges Taiwan to make known defence needs

Rumsfeld urges Taiwan to make known defence needs

Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld insisted on Tuesday that further United States arms sales to Taiwan were needed as China continued with its ambitious military modernisation plans. Rumsfeld, who considers himself “a longtime friend of Taiwan”, urged the island to keep seeking weapons from the US, and said it should not be upset by […]

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U.S. foreign policy on autopilot: Damn the allies, an election is nigh!

U.S. foreign policy on autopilot: Damn the allies, an election is nigh!

By Sol W. Sanders Running an empire is not for sissies. Since 1945, the U.S., holding the aces, had to finesse a role once played by the Europeans with Washington pulling up the Latin American rear. But that tacit alliance maintained worldwide stability for only two decades, in part because pre-digital America could sulk behind two oceans. […]

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China signals rewards for Obama after he backed down on sale to Taiwan of advanced F-16s

China signals rewards for Obama after he backed down on sale to Taiwan of advanced F-16s

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com As expected, the Barack Obama administration announced on Sept. 21 that it will help Taiwan upgrade its arsenal of old F16 jetfighters — but not sell the island stronghold sophisticated F16-Cs and F16-Ds that Taipei has requested since 2006. This is despite repeated denials by senior American officials that Washington has […]

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Unifying the Chinas across the Taiwan straits despite warring political systems

Unifying the Chinas across the Taiwan straits despite warring political systems

By John J. Metzler  TAIPEI, Taiwan — An amazing and interlocking network of cross straits commerce has brought both sides of the Taiwan straits closer together socially and economically despite a lack of political links.  Indeed, while the People’s Republic of China and its political rival the Republic of China on Taiwan are formally separated, […]

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Global recession? Taiwan booming in the Chinese dragon's shadow

Global recession? Taiwan booming in the Chinese dragon's shadow

By John J. Metzler  TAIPEI — Taiwan’s dynamism and optimism is contagious. Walking around this prosperous and increasingly world class city one is reminded of the self-reliant and can-do attitude which turned Taiwan from a poor and languid backwater at the end of WWII, to one of East Asia’s most prosperous places. But leafy avenues […]

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Obama again rebuffs Taiwan to appease PRC; Taipei lacks independent security strategy

Obama again rebuffs Taiwan to appease PRC; Taipei lacks independent security strategy

Global Information System in Washington and Taipei The following is based on the original long-form reports The Republic of China on Taiwan on June 24 petitioned Washington to be able to submit a letter of request (LoR) to buy 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 50/52 fighter aircraft and an upgrade program for its 146 older […]

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China's rulers pressing their claim on the entire South China Sea

China's rulers pressing their claim on the entire South China Sea

By John J. Metzler  KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — A rhetorical conflict has roiled the waves of the South China Sea,  the strategic resource-rich region bordered , and in part claimed in various parts, by six South East Asian states.   But while Beijing is shoving its political agenda into the disputed waters, the United States correctly fears […]

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Taiwan's legislature may open to Chinese tourists

Taiwan's legislature may open to Chinese tourists

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan’s parliamentary speaker has said he will consider opening the legislative floor to Chinese tourists so they can learn from the island’s freewheeling democracy. Lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng of the ruling Nationalist Party proposed late Friday that the legislature open its floor to the visiting Chinese because “out of all places in Taiwan, […]

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East Asian economies booming as U.S. engine losing steam

East Asian economies booming as U.S. engine losing steam

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Global economic growth continues to sputter, the American economy falters, and chances for recovery are not on the immediate horizon. But while the USA and much of Europe continues to feel the undertow of recession, large economies in Brazil, China, India nonetheless continue to grow. “After a year […]

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Asian supply chain rattled by Japan quake, tsunami

Asian supply chain rattled by Japan quake, tsunami

SEOUL/TAIPEI – Asian firms from semiconductor makers to shipbuilders faced the risk of disruptions to their operations after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan destroyed vital infrastructure and knocked out factories producing everything from high tech components to steel. Thousands of people have been killed and millions have been left without water, electricity, homes or […]