Peter K. H. Yu is a retired Distinguished Professor. He served at several institutions of higher education, such as the National University of Singapore, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and National Sun Yat-sen University. His most recent book is entitled Reinventing the Methodology of Studying Contemporary China: Re-testing the One-dot Theory.
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By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 25 Apr 2017
We live in a world of contradictions. However, there is no doubt that the Chinese mind and heart prefer to emphasize harmony. Confucius speaks of the Middle Way. Facing a dilemma, a person would choose not to go to extremes.
By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 11 Apr 2017
International governance is a rising mainstream school of thought, which may replace realism/neo-realism and others as the primary paradigm in the study of international society. One of the best governance tools in our anarchic world is the international regime.
Why did Shinzo Abe not follow the footsteps of then-German Chancellor Willy Brandt who unexpectedly fell to his knees towards the victims of the April 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and remained there for more than a minute?
Facing the dilemma of having to handle “two Chinas,” “One China, One Taiwan” or “Taiwan independence,” Beijing’s One-China principle appeared a few months before the signing of a mutual defense treaty between Washington and Taipei in December 1954.
A gradual process of asserting things non-Chinese started when a greater sense of Taiwanese-ness emerged under Lee Teng-hui after the March 1996 presidential election. When opposition candidate Chen Shui-bian became president in May 2000, the push for de-Sinification got into full swing.
Does US President Donald Trump have in mind two Chinas; One China, One Taiwan; or Taiwanese independence? If the US abandons the One China policy before a peaceful Chinese reunification, the situation in East Asia will be unstable.
The first wave of globalization began with Western colonization. In the last several decades, we have seen Americanization or internationalization. However, there are a lot of contradictions, for example, interdependence is not the same as Americanization.
The call between Tsai and Trump has shattered the status quo. If Trump and his advisors still choose to not to understand China’s mind and heart, Beijing may have no choice but, for example, to establish diplomatic relations with those 21 countries which still support Taipei.