Four decades after Deng Xiaoping’s victory tour of U.S., China again threatens Taiwan

Four decades after Deng Xiaoping’s victory tour of U.S., China again threatens Taiwan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang Forty years ago, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping made a celebratory tour of the United States in the wake of the U.S. recognition of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Deng’s trip from Jan. 28 to Feb. 5, 1979, started in Washington, and made stops in Atlanta, Houston and […]

A strong Taiwan and U.S.-backed Asian democracies can counter China

A strong Taiwan and U.S.-backed Asian democracies can counter China

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang For decades Taiwan has enjoyed the widespread bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, no matter what the stance of the executive branch. When President Jimmy Carter established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), de-recognized Taiwan’s Republic of China(ROC) or KMT regime, and terminated the U.S.-ROC […]

Why outsourcing the N. Korean crisis to China failed under W. Bush and will fail today as well

Why outsourcing the N. Korean crisis to China failed under W. Bush and will fail today as well

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang By many press accounts, how to cope with Pyongyang’s nuclear threat was the most urgent issue for discussion at the U.S.-China summit in Palm Beach, Florida on April 6-7. President Donald Trump has rejected his predecessor’s “strategic patience” concept and called for tighter sanctions against North Korea and […]

Time for Taiwan to elevate its strategic role in northeast Asia

Time for Taiwan to elevate its strategic role in northeast Asia

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang President Tsai Ing-wen’s phone call with U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump last December and his questioning of the “one China” policy have angered Beijing. China’s foreign minister Wang Yi jeered at Tsai for playing a “petty trick;” her call, however, was planned weeks in advance and assisted by Trump’s […]

After disastrous Carter and Clinton administrations, time to reset U.S.-Taiwan relations

After disastrous Carter and Clinton administrations, time to reset U.S.-Taiwan relations

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang In recent months, both chambers of the U.S. Congress have passed the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the “six assurances” as cornerstones of U.S.-Taiwan Relations. The six assurances, which were given to Taiwan by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan in July 1982, include U.S. pledges not to set a […]

View from Taipei: U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy will require muscle, not just diplomacy

View from Taipei: U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy will require muscle, not just diplomacy

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang Foreign policy is an integrated structure of assumptions, objectives and means. Critics of American foreign policy contend that the decisive factor of the failure of U.S. policy toward China has been the imbalance between political ends and military means. Professor Tang Tsou’s classical study “America’s Failure in China […]

Tail wags the dog: U.S. policy of outsourcing N. Korea crisis to China has failed

Tail wags the dog: U.S. policy of outsourcing N. Korea crisis to China has failed

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang In diplomacy, an inch can be longer than a foot, and the weak can wield greater leverage over the strong. This is why North Korea, a rogue state, impoverished and vulnerable is able to irritate, bully and even threaten the two superpowers, the U.S. and China. For many […]