Taiwan: A Model for Mainland China Democratic and Legal Development

April 18, 2013

In its economic development, China benefitted greatly from Taiwan.  For example, the Kaohsiung import/export processing zone was the model for Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and several other import/export processing zones along China's Eastern seaboard.  Now that there is a growing recognition that China needs democratization, it could benefit by borrowing from Taiwan's successful democratic development.  Similarly, if China is to be ruled by law it could borrow from Taiwan's legal development.

Sincerely,
William E.Sharp, Jr.
Author RANDOM VIEWS OF ASIA FROM THE MID-PACIFIC
Former TV Host, Asia in Review
Former Columnist,"Look East," Honolulu Star-Bulletin


Contact me at we.sharp@gmail.com

 

China Opposes the US Pivot (Corrected)

April 16, 2013
A couple of years ago in Shanghai, an eminent Chinese scholar and my luncheon host, commented:  "I just don't know why you Americans want a position in Asia."  China would like America to get out of Asia so that it could rebuild a modern version of its pre-1895 tributary system where China ruled the roost in Asia. And as they see it, America is in the way.  My host didn't want to concede that other countries wanted a US presence in Asia.  Today, China is even more troubled by America's rebala...
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Can Russia Persuade China to Back Off in its Support of North Korea?

April 14, 2013

Can Russia persuade China to back off in its support of North Korea? Although the NK-Russia border is  short, Russia is increasingly wary of NK antics.  Moreover, Russia seems  to be searching for a role to play in Asia.  PLEASE SHARE YOUR VIEWS WITH ME.

Sincerely,
William E.Sharp, jr.
Author of RANDOM VIEWS OF ASIA FROM THE MID-PACIFIC (Savant 2011)
Former host, Asia in Review
Former columnist, "Look East," Honolulu Star-Bulletin


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Taiwan and Japan Conclude Fisheries Agreement

April 14, 2013
Congratulations to the governments of Taiwan and Japan in concluding a fisheries agreement which will let Taiwan fishermen fish in Japanese controlled waters.  The agreement will only enhance the traditionally strong relations between both island nations.

Sincerely,
William E. Sharp, Jr.
Author of
RANDOM VIEWS OF ASIA FROM THE MID-PACIFIC (Savant 2011)
Former Host, Asia in Review
Former Columnist "Look East," Honolulu Star-Bulletin

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The Real Nature of South Korea's Relationship with China

April 14, 2013
South Korea might well wish to re-evaluate its relationship with China given China's incomplete support of UN resolutions designed to curb aggressive North Korean behavior. Moreover, China is obviously a huge impediment to Korean reunification. Then again, South Korea might talk reunification, but in reality it values its commercial relationship with China more than reunification.



For more information, see my chapter on Korea in my book, RANDOM VIEWS OF ASIA FROM THE MID-PACIFIC (Savant 2011)...
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Welcome to William E. Sharp, Jr.'s Blog

April 13, 2013
Aloha from Hawaii,

Welcome to my new blog---William E. Sharp, Jr.'s Blog which will focus on discussion of contemporary events in Asia.



Sincerely,
William E. Sharp, Jr.
Author of
RANDOM VIEWS OF ASIA FROM THE MID-PACIFIC (Savant 2011)
Former Host of Asia in Review (http://thinktechhawaii.com/asia-in-review.html)
Former Columnist of "Look East," Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Comments? Contact me at we.sharp@gmail.com

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