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How to explain national performance at the Olympics?

How to explain national performance at the Olympics?

By John J. Metzler PARIS — As the London Olympics set new records for athletic achievements, the Summer Games equally highlight global competitions, both in the field of sport and nationalism.   And despite all the naysayers that the London Games would not be ready, the traditional British can-do attitude prevailed (as they did in London […]

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Newly re-elected Taiwan president already under pressure to begin reunificiation talks

Newly re-elected Taiwan president already under pressure to begin reunificiation talks

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com After Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was re-elected to a second four-year term last weekend, he faces intensifying pressure from Beijing to start “reunification talks.” Immediately after defeating Tsai Ing-wen, the moderate leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Ma told the media that he was in no hurry to begin […]

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2012: What a year and it's just starting!

2012: What a year and it's just starting!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to peer into the foggy crystal ball and try to decipher the future political trends and events. Indeed, after the roller-coaster year of 2011, it’s hard to imagine that 2012 could hold some equally disquieting social, political and economic turmoil. But few predicted the […]

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Emerging U.S. strategy builds a geopolitical economy along Chinas periphery

By Brian M Downing One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, urging it to put […]

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Financing foreign development or dependency?

Financing foreign development or dependency?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Recently UN member states turned their attention to the need for Financing for Development, or put more plainly, stressing the still pressing need for development assistance to assist the plethora of poor nations. Fortunately foreign assistance donor states have not significantly cut their budgets, but rather sharpened their […]

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Straits talk about Taiwan's defense needs

Straits talk about Taiwan's defense needs

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — A crucial defense dilemma is looming under the radar screens,  both over the Taiwan Straits and the Potomac; namely seriously upgrading Taiwan’s ageing jet fighter force against a fast rising military threat from Mainland China. While Beijing’s double-digit military spending is now focusing on high-tech sophisticated fighter aircraft, […]

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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, […]