On a general note, we first
reality check for all those who speak or write about
developments in Taiwan.
recent events and issues:
Lee Teng-hui "Nation-to-nation" relations with China
in the Taiwan Strait
stealing nuclear secrets
of Chinese premier Zhu Rongji
years Taiwan Relations Act
Some major events of the
past few years:
18 June 1998: "Stand
up for Taiwan"
29 Oct. 1997: "Say
June 1997: "Say
new flag for a new Taiwan"
Taiwan join the UN"
For news and events in
See our Overview
1997 or the Overview
1995 - 1996.
Taiwan, Ilha Formosa
and information on recent, current and upcoming events which touch
Taiwan, its people, society, political system, and quest for
- 22 December 1999, Washington Times:
building air defense site
- 11 December 1999, Washington Post: Lee
Wen-ho indicted for nuclear spying
- 9 December 1999, Washington Times: Clinton
concerned about Chinese missile threat
- 8 December 1999, Washington Times: China
targets Taiwan with 2nd missile base
- 6 December 1999, Washington Times China
developing new missile submarine
- 1 December 1999
Text of DPP Policy White Papers
- 1 December 1999
DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung speaks in Washington
- 28 November 1999, Washington Times:
The missiles of November
- 23 November 1999, Washington Times
U.S. might sell missile shield to aid Taiwan
- 23 November 1999, Washington Times:
China points more missiles at Taiwan
News report on the building of a new missile base at Yangang, by
- 19 November 1999 Congress
passes Taiwan into the WHO legislation. The Senate unanimously
passed its version of HR 1794, a bill calling for Taiwan's "appropriate
and meaningful participation in the World Health Organization".
- 15 November 1999, International Herald
Tribune America's relations with China
are worseningexcellent editorial by Jim Hoagland.
- 12 November 1999, Washington Times:
President Lee want Clinton to back Taiwan
Good backgrounder by veteran-reporter Richard Halloran.
- 12 November 1999, Washington Times: US
Admiral Dennis Blair speaks out. on Theatre Missile Defense
and Taiwan's defense.
- 2 November 1999 In
memoriam Gerald Segal. On the passing of Dr. Segal of the
IISS in London. The Taiwanese people lost a great friend.
- 29 October 1999 Taiwan
Balancing Act. Excellent editorial in the Wall Street
- 26 October 1999 The
Taiwan Security Enhancement Act was passed by the
International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of
Representatives by a wide majority.
October 1999, International Herald Tribune Let's
overcome the old American habit of overrating China
excellent OpEd piece by William Pfaff.
September 1999 Message to China at 50.
Advertisement in the Washington Post by Taoyuan County Magistrate Lü
Hsiu-lien, DPP candidate for the Vice-Presidency.
September 1999 Earthquake News and
Information about the 9-21 Earthquake and how people can help
through the Taiwanese Association of America.
September 1999, Newsweek
Nixon tricked his way to Beijing. Commentary on a new TV
documentary series, "Playing the China Card", to be aired
end 1999 / beginning 2000.
- 19 September
1999, Washington Post
"One China" Myth, letter by former official Carl
myth of Chinese power, by Gerald Segal, director of the
International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
September 1999, Washington Times It depends
on what "one China" means. Excellent article by
former State Department official John Tkacik.
September 1999 Mr. Clinton at APEC in New
Zealand. Making statements at the expernse of Taiwan --
September 1999 Jesse Helms: "Let China
renounce the use of force". The letter from the Chair
of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before his New Zealand
September 1999 Benjamin Gilman writes to
Clinton. The Chair of the House International Relations
Committee urges Clinton to call upon Jiang Zemin to renounce the use
of force against Taiwan.
July 1999 "One China, One Taiwan"
resolution (H.Res. 166). introduced in the House of
July 1999 Chen Shui-bian: "Let
Taiwan decide its own future". the DPP party's
candidate in Taiwan's upcoming presidential elections said the
island should be left alone to decide its political future.
July 1999, International Herald Tribune It
is not a Chinese world after all article by Hong
Kong-based writer Philip Bowring.
July 1999 DPP confirms Chen as Presidential
candidate The Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party
confirmed Mr. Chen Shui-bian as its nominee for the March 2000
- 1 July
1999The China.com investment scam
the upcoming Initial Public Officering (IPO) for the Hong Kong-based
company will be quite a scam.
June 1999, International Herald Tribune Taiwan
and China are drifting apart excellent article by Hong
Kong-based writer Philip Bowring.
June 1999, New York Times Two victims in
embassy bombing were spies article by New York Times
reporter Eric Schmitt.
June 1999, Los Angeles Times
Plays the Ethnic Card . article by former FBI official
Paul D. Moore.
- 3 June
1999, Financial Times Submarine-launched
missile to be tested. China plans this year to test a
submarine-launched ballistic missile with a range of 5,000 miles.
- 30 May
1999, Washington Post: The China muddle.
Excellent OpEd article by Fred Hiatt, arguing for closer U.S. ties
with Asia's democracies.
- 15 May
1999, Weekly Standard Special
China Report with good articles such as "A Regime in
Crisis" by Arthur Waldron .
- 15 May
Taiwan. Extensive article by Melinda Liu about Taiwan's
plans for a missile defense and high-tech warfare.
- 15 May
1999 Insecure China is Stoking Xenophobic
Nationalism. Article by Prof. David Shambaugh about the
Chinese reaction to the accidental NATO bombing of the Chinese
embassy in Belgrado.
- 13 May
1999, Washington Post: Now for an Honest Look
at China . The air-launched U.S. rocket blasted a final
gaping hole in the shaky foundation of President Clinton's "strategic
partnership" with China.
- 8 May
1999 DPP adopts resolution on Taiwan's
Future. At its Party Convention in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's
opposition Democratic Progressive Party overwhelmingly passed a
Resolution on Taiwan's Future.
April 1999 Hunger strike. Reports on
the hunger strike by 24 major opposition leaders in Taiwan in
support of passage of a referendum bill.
March 1999 Taiwan Security Enhancement Act.
Two prominent US senators introduced a Bill to safeguard Taiwan's
March 1999 Time to Rethink U.S.-China Policy.
Excellent Op-Ed article in the Paris-based International Herald
March 1999 A Stand on Taiwan.
Excellent OpEd article in the Washington Post by Jim Hoagland.
March 1999 China Engagement.
Editorial in the Washington Post urging a firmer China policy.
February 1999 Jim Mann: "About Face".
Book review in the Washington Post by Ross H. Munro.
February 1999 President Lee: "Taiwan is
Taiwan". At a Lunar New Year gathering is his
hometown of Sanchih, President Lee told a festive crowd: "Taiwan
is an independent state, Taiwan is Taiwan. This is a clear matter."
February 1999 China bullying again
The Paris-based International Herald Tribune published an editorial
strongly criticizing China for its renewed bullying.
February 1999 China increases missile threatThe
London-based Financial Times reported that China has sharply
increased its deployment of missiles aimed at Taiwan.
February 1999 House writes Secretary
Albright A bipartisan group of members of the House sent a
letter, urging Mrs. Albright to step up U.S. efforts to secure
affiliation for Taiwan in the WHO.
February 1999 Taiwan Safety and Security
Resolution in the House A bipartisan resolution was
introduced in the House, strongly urging the Clinton Administration
to seek a public renunciation by China of any use of force against
January 1999 Taiwan, Macedonia, and East
Timor Taiwan now has a foot in the European door, and
should strongly support granting full independence to East Timor,
and help rebuild that nation.
January 1999 China practiced attacks on
Taiwan The Washington Times reported that in December
1998, China's army conducted military exercises with simulated
missile firings against Taiwan and mock attacks on U.S. troops in
January 1999 Senate resolution supports
Taiwan into WHO A bipartisan group of six prominent
Senators introduced a resolution calling on the US Administration to
support Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization.
January 1999 100 years of autonomy?
Why would Taiwan ever accept a fallacious "autonomy" if it
can have autonomy forever by moving towards de jure independence?
- 31 December 1998
China damaged US national security A
select committee of the US Congress has concluded that US national
security interests were damaged when two US aerospace companies
provided China with technical information.