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    Top 10 Reads: September 20, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries? – Stephen Ohlechmacher, Associated Press Billionaire Backer Disputes Charges That Company Sought White House Help to Influence Testimony – James Rosen, FoxNews.com … More

    Administration Position on Taiwan F-16s Alienates All Sides

    At the end of a series of closed-door briefings and meetings with the congressional committees of jurisdiction—after repeatedly admonishing all who would listen that its final decision wasn’t really final—the Obama Administration has finally stated its position on F-16 sales to Taiwan. It turns out that the Administration is, in … More

    Taking Sides in the Taiwan Strait

    In an article entitled “China and US on Edge over Vote in Taiwan,” today’s Financial Times (FT) quotes a “senior US official” as saying Taiwan DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen “left us with distinct doubts about whether she is both willing and able to continue the stability in cross-Strait relations … More

    On Eve of VP’s Visit: "No" to New F–16s for Taiwan

    Reports are now emerging that the Administration has decided to reject the sale of F–16 C/Ds to Taiwan, in advance of the Vice President’s trip to China. Instead, as a sop, the Administration has decided to go forward with upgrades of the F–16 A/Bs currently in Taiwan’s air force. What … More

    Wanted: A Leader on U.S.–Taiwan Relations

    It’s official: There are now 100 countries that offer Taiwanese citizens visa-free travel. Malaysia has the honor of hitting the century mark—following closely behind Australia and Montenegro, which announced their decisions last week. An EU visa waiver for Taiwan went into effect this past January. The U.S. has still not … More

    Defrost U.S.-Taiwan Relations

    Leadership means people are depending on you. Taiwan has only one friend in the world it can truly depend on to safeguard its security: the United States of America. It is a mission that was enshrined in American law in 1979. Honestly, the Bush Administration wasn’t great about living up … More

    The Democratic Ideal Is Alive and Well in Asia

    The Heritage Foundation, led by its President Ed Feulner, along with partners at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Taiwan’s Institute for National Policy Research (INPR), hosted a remarkable program in Taipei yesterday entitled “Democracy Building in Interesting Times.” The first panel was chaired by close Heritage Foundation friend and … More

    Democracy Building in Interesting Times

    The Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Taiwan’s Institute for National Policy Research, are organizing a full day public conference in Taipei on January 10 entitled “Democracy Building in Interesting Times.” The conference, co-hosted by Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner, is intended to give … More

    It’s Not About the Hercules

    The Obama administration has decided to terminate the suspensions of issuance of temporary munitions export licenses for exports regarding C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft that will be used in oil spill response operations at sea that might involve the People’s Republic of China (PRC). That’s bureaucratese for lifting restrictions on the … More

    Morning Bell: Getting Our China Priorities Straight

    Last week, the establishment media played up reports that China surpassed Japan as the world’s second largest economy as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). Contrary to the amount of attention it received, the development is not as important as it was made to sound. First of all, if the … More