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Here are all my opinion pieces on topics relating to China and her neighbors.

The earliest pieces — earlier than mid-1991 — were done under my pen-name, "Giles Mathews." This is a Sinological in-joke: Herbert Giles compiled the first major Chinese-English dictionary (1892), Robert Mathews the second (1931).

Date Place Title Topic
January 16, 2015 VDARE "The Rectification of Names" China Struggles With Its National Question.
October 2, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Great Circle of Despots Hong Kong, in long historical perspective.
June 5, 2014 Taki's Magazine Two Bad Answers … … to politics in a postindustrial society.
May 4, 2014 VDARE China, America, and the Chinese in America An address to the 2014 American Renaissance conference.
February 13, 2014 VDARE The 21st Century May Belong To Japan —
Because It's Biting The Demographic Bullet Now
Japan leads the way.
December 19, 2013 Taki's Magazine Caligula in Pyongyang KJU offs his uncle.
December 5, 2013 VDARE China Really Feels It's A Victim Nation Handle with care.
August 8, 2013 Taki's Magazine Is Democracy's Sun Setting? And can China get along fine without it?
March 14, 2013 VDARE Neo-Social Darwinism Ron Unz joins the Great
China Guessing Game.
February 28, 2013 Taki's Magazine Women Spoiling Men's Fun It's a world-wide phenomenon.
May 3, 2012 Taki's Magazine The Chinese Advantage Who will own the 21st century?
August 4, 2011 Taki's Magazine Give 'Em a Country Terrorism and self-determination.
May 28, 2011 Address to the Property
and Freedom Society
Understanding China
and the Chinese
It's not easy.
May 26, 2011 Taki's Magazine China's Never-Ending Party Not so much a Wirtschaftswunder
    as a Staatskunstswunder.
March 17, 2011 Taki's Magazine No Sex Please, We're Japanese Demography and good behavior.
January 19, 2011 Taki's Magazine China's Killer App The new Internet?
January 19, 2010 NRO The Authoritarian Temptation Tom Friedman gushes over
    the Chinese dictatorship.
July 20, 2009 Taki's Magazine Chinese Imperialism and Its Discontents Atatürk got it right.
March 16, 2009 NRO Recession with Chinese Characteristics A wasted century?
August 19, 2008 NRO Chinese Shadows Those little pork pies.
August 8, 2008 Taki's Magazine China's Island of Stability Will they fall off it?
March 17, 2008 NRO From Tibet to Chicago Don't feel Chinese, don't feel American.
January 18, 2007 NRO The Chinese Are Coming … to Africa But not the way
    Sir Francis Galton wanted.
March 16, 2005 NRO Soft Power, Soft Despotism China's present and future.
August 12, 2004 NRO If You're API and You Know It … … vote Democrat.
March 22, 2004 NRO The Taiwan Tango (cont.) Presidential election in Taiwan.
December 16, 2003 NRO The Taiwan Tango Chen Shuibian gets his knuckles rapped.
November 10, 2003 NRO The Sad Country A demonstration in China.
October 28, 2003 NRO Wife to a Footnote Soong May-ling, R.i.P..
October 15, 2003 NRO Thug (Uncredited) Recalling Bruce Lee.
September 16, 2003 NRO Tibet's Long Agony Rape of a nation.
July 15, 2003 NRO The Curtain Falls …  … on Hong Kong.
April 4, 2003 NRO Kim Jong Il: A Modest Proposal Let's whack him.
December 16, 2002 NRO Second-Guessing China China up? China down? Who knows? Me.
October 22, 2002 NRO Nutso State Has Nukes North Korea, that is.
September 10, 2002 NRO Bloomberg Disses Taiwan New York's mayor does a kowtow.
September 5, 2002 NRO The Great Game Maneuvers in Central Asia.
July 22, 2002 NRO China: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly A survey of the Middle Kingdom.
January 4, 2002 NRO The Single Talent Well Employed Wang Ruowang, 1918-2001.
November 30, 2001 NRO Sick Man of Asia Pessimism about China.
November 5, 2001 NRO One Man's Terrorist I practice humility.
September 17, 2001 National Review China: A Reality Check I actually went there.
July-August 2001 NRO China Travel Diary The Derbs do China.
June 26, 2001 NRO Neutral on the Olympics Bush decides not to decide.
June 8, 2001 NRO A Song of Valediction Translation of a Chinese poem.
May 1, 2001 NRO Not This August China-Taiwan: What might happen.
April 30, 2001 National Review Communist, Nationalist, and Dangerous Modern Chinese nationalism.
April 19, 2001 NRO Beware the China Boosters Guess what? They're in it
    for the money.
April 19, 2001 Taki's Top Drawer Hainan At Home China crisis in the living-room.
April 12, 2001 NRO America Grovels China wins first showdown with Bush.
April 5, 2001 NRO What China Wants Hint: They're commies.
April 3, 2001 NRO Don't Mess with the U.S.! Trash that plane!
March 20, 2001 NRO China: A Call for Plain Speaking What George W. Bush should say.
March 1, 2001 NRO No Chinese Olympics Why Beijing shouldn't get the Games.
February 5, 2001 National Review The Tiananmen Papers China's Three Kinds of Crises.
January 11, 2001 NRO China: The Tiananmen Papers What we can learn from them.
January 5, 2001 NRO China: The End of Economism Prospects for
    the next few years.
January 3, 2001 NRO The Pyongyang Follies How to deal with North Korea.
September 13, 2000 VDARE Importing Sino-Fascism? Face to face with
    post-Mao Chinese nationalism.
August 29, 2000 NRO The Truth About China's Regime China puts out
    a human rights document.
July 27, 2000 NRO Lips and Teeth In praise of Chinese corruption.
June 9, 2000 NRO China's Philosophy of Oppression Oderint dum metuant.
June 5, 2000 The Weekly Standard Hitting the Great Wall of China The nature of Chinese nationalism.
May 24, 2000 NRO Another Silken Thread Congress votes PNTR for China.
March 27, 2000 NRO Three One Eight:
For China, the 20th Century Is Over
The March 18 elections in Taiwan.
February 14, 2000 The Weekly Standard The Chinese, Too, Deserve to be Free And we could help.
December 5, 1999 The Weekly Standard Hell, No, Uighur Won't Go China's colonial problem
  in Eastern Turkestan.
May 27, 1989 The Spectator From Dumplings to Democracy The Chinese Democratic Party
  gives a press conference.
July 25, 1987 The Spectator Getting Married in Manchuria An account of my marriage.
November 16, 1984 The Daily Telegraph The Great Wall of Bureaucracy
  between China and Reform
The difficulty of
    economic reform in China.
March (?), 1984 The Daily Telegraph China's Inscrutable Face Hides
  a Lost Cause for the West
Pouring cold water on
  mid-1980s enthusiasm for China.
March 12, 1984 The Daily Telegraph China's Brutal Sham An attack on the TV series
  The Heart of the Dragon.
July 30, 1983 The Spectator Dingnisheng and Shasibiya Teaching Eng. Lit. in China.
March 12, 1983 The Spectator Nepotism in North Korea The Kims, père et fils.