SOL W. SANDERS

Democratic Taiwan: More important than ever after failed U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’

Democratic Taiwan: More important than ever after failed U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Jan. 15 Taiwan elections have enormous implications not only for the Island’s 25 million people, but for China – and the U.S. Ironically, the election of the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] leader, Tsai Ing-wen, a woman at that — reinstalled a […]

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U.S. silent on a dangerous game of chess in the East China Sea

U.S. silent on a dangerous game of chess in the East China Sea

Gregory Copley, Global Information System A Sept. 25, 2012, maritime incident at the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea — ostensibly between Republic of China (ROC: Taiwan) maritime elements and Japanese Coast Guard vessels — enabled Beijing to score a timely strategic success in defiance at Washington’s proposed “Pacific pivot” strategy to consolidate its […]

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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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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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Marines' rapid response to the tsunami and Chinese aggressiveness reinforce U.S.-Japan alliance

Marines' rapid response to the tsunami and Chinese aggressiveness reinforce U.S.-Japan alliance

By Sol W. Sanders Obscured by the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear-threat tragedy, and Mideast crises, there have been subtle Western Pacific geopolitical shifts. With little publicity in U.S. [or for that matter, the left-leaning Japanese mainstream] media, American military forces played a magnificent role in rescue and early clean-up of the Japanese tsunami. Grotesquely incompetent Japanese politicians – […]

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Taiwan economic growth at 23-year high in 2010

Taiwan economic growth at 23-year high in 2010

TAIPEI – Taiwan’s economy grew 10.47 percent in 2010, its fastest rate in 23 years, but it will slow to half that figure in 2011, the government said in a preliminary estimate. The growth rate last year was the highest since 1987, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said in a statement posted […]