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Tibetan Independence

15 March 2008 Tibetan Independence By Gwynne Dyer The monks who marched through Lhasa on 10 March to mark the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in 1959 did not want to wreck China’s Olympic year, but they knew that Chinese troops would be less likely to shoot them this year than most. …

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Taiwan’s Sleeper Crisis

26 December 2007 Taiwan’s Sleeper Crisis By Gwynne Dyer US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice didn’t go into much detail in her year-end message, but on one topic she was very clear: “We think that Taiwan’s referendum to apply to the United Nations under the name Taiwan is a provocative policy. It unnecessarily raises tension …

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Burmese Tragedy

2 October 2007 Burmese Tragedy By Gwynne Dyer Empty monasteries, severed telecommunications, and a sullen, beaten silence that seems to envelop the whole country. It doesn’t just feel like a defeat for the Burmese people; it feels like the end of an era. It was an era that began at the other end of South-East …

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Closing the Ring on China

24 July 2005 Closing the Ring on China By Gwynne Dyer Scarcely a word was said in public about military matters during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Washington (18-20 July). The rhetoric was all about how the world’s oldest democracy and its biggest democracy could come together to develop agriculture, fight terrorism …

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Cold Shower in Taiwan

14 October 2004 Cold Shower in Taiwan By Gwynne Dyer The rhetoric had been getting harsher for months, as Taiwan’s leaders stoked popular fears of Communist China’s intentions in an attempt to push through a controversial $18 billion arms purchase from the United States. It reached a peak on 30 September, when President Chen Sui-bian …

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Taiwan Outcome

21 March 2004 Taiwan: The Best Possible Outcome By Gwynne Dyer “If Chen loses, the chances of war are about 20 percent,”said Arthur Ting of Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, only days before the vote on 20 March in which President Chen Shui-bian was seeking re-election. “If he wins, the risk rises to 40 percent.” …

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Taiwan

10 December 2003 Triple Bluff over Taiwan By Gwynne Dyer Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian is bluffing when he hints at holding a referendum on independence from China. US President George W. Bush was bluffing three years ago when he promised to do “whatever it takes” to defend Taiwan, though he was serious last Tuesday when …

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SARS

17 April 2003 SARS and China: Get It Right Next Time By Gwynne Dyer The virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was identified on 15 April in a ten-country collaboration between 13 laboratories as a corona virus related to those that cause the common cold. “Now we can move away from methods like …

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