Welcome to The China Desk [], created and maintained by Bevin Chu, an American architect and author currently living and working in Taipei and Shanghai.

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The China Desk offers hard-hitting, no punches pulled commentary on the often stormy Divided China Problem, from an uncompromisingly laissez-faire capitalist, anti-interventionist perspective.

China Desk articles have appeared at the wildly popular libertarian website,, where Chu is a columnist/commentator, at the China Post, where Chu is a contributing editor, at, the best known anti-war website on the Internet, at oOblue, the most popular Pan Blue website on Taiwan, and at Journey to the East, an exquisitely designed website introducing China to the English-speaking West. They have featured prominently at Yahoo! News Full Coverage portals, in Google News Alerts, and have even appeared in Pravda — the post Cold War, post Communist Pravda, of course.

The China Desk receives tens of thousands of views per month.

China Desk articles on Sino-American relations have been cited by China scholars in American universities, have earned Bevin Chu invitations to speak before the Harvard-Radcliffe Chinese Students Association, and live interviews on talk radio shows in Canada.

Articles explaining the non-threatening reality of post Cold War, post-Communist China to westerners have inspired character attacks against the author by the Falun Gong mouthpiece known as the Epoch Times.

Articles exposing the Dalai Lama’s feet of clay and the true nature of the Tibetan independence movement meanwhile, have earned the Politically Incorrect author angry denunciations from the Dalai Lama’s official website.

Chu is the son of Tsing-kang Chu, a retired high-ranking diplomat with the Republic of China government on Taiwan. Chu is the translator of the English language edition of “Taiwan at the Crossroads: An Expose of Taiwan’s New Dictatorship,” a landmark book by the celebrated native Taiwanese liberal reformer and political commentator, Joyce C. Huang (Huang Chi-hsien). “Taiwan at the Crossroads” is an eye-opening expose of the Taiwan independence movement that rips the “democratic” and “progressive” mask from the face of Taiwan independence and reveals it for what it is — an authoritarian fascist political movement motivated by primitive ethnic hatred.

Taiwan at the Crossroads, An Expose of Taiwan’s New Dictatorship
Written by Joyce C. Huang, edited by Tu Yang, translated by Bevin Chu, published by BAZACH, 2005, ISBN 986-81084-2-x


9 responses to “Introduction

  1. Dear Joe, As you can see, I decided to reopen the comments section. “Cliff” is clearly mired in a collectivist “we” consciousness, oblivious to the fact that it is diametrically opposed to the radical individualist values of America’s Founders. Bevin

  2. what about the new white terror era starting NOW? (see Taipei events) Beside Taiwan has never been a part of China. Half of it was under chinese control for a while and then they gave it up to the japanese. China never did anything for Taiwan or to protect it. They are just F… imperialists with eyes bigger than their stomach. Why dont they take care of China first, feed the 20 000000 people starving (official chinese newspaper number), teach mandarin to half of their population which can’t speak their national language… Give a break to Taiwan, people were free and happy until last week. Chinese show their nose and it’s the mess again. No wonder why Taiwanese hate them. You are American, right? So why, as a foreigner, protect a dictature?May Chinese and their government go to hell.

  3. this anonymous right above me is a really great and reasonable guy *cough. ahem. the polarization of arguments for large issues gets annoying quickly, questionable rhetoric so heavy that one cannot breatheBevin Chu, this is a really great blog, and i think for any issue people need to start understanding multiple aspects of problems. while there will always be those who are still determined to think the way they do, at least one can have taken a part in explaining reasonable information. thank you!

  4. Thanks for the affirmation. Much appreciated. Isn’t it amazing how oblivious Taiwan independence zealots are to the defects in their own arguments? They are totally caught up in their simplistic “We’re Taiwanese [good], not Chinese [evil]” dichotomy. They actually think they are persuading people. They don’t realize their simplistic bigotry merely exposes them as primitive racists.

  5. Some people are just better at concealing their bigotry than others. Are not China's historical claims of sovereignty over Taiwan archaic, outmoded, and downright bigoted as well? Regardless of how the present situation came to be, the fact remains that Taiwan has been politically and ideologically separate from the authoritarianism displayed in China for a very long time now. The Taiwanese have no need to be administered by Beijing, and such a change in regime would be an unnecessary upset to the people of Taiwan.Plus, it would be laughable that the PRC claims that China administering a third of the island of Taiwan starting in the late 1600's, after it was taken from the Dutch, mind you, is a basis for considering Taiwan as part of its territory since "antiquity" if it were not for the implications this claim has on the people of currently autonomous Taiwan.

  6. The China Desk DOES NOT claim that the Peoples Republic of China government in Beijing has a claim over Taiwan. Just the opposite. The China Desk claims that the Republic of China government in Taipei has a claim over the Chinese mainland. One has to laugh at Taiwan independence zealots who can't be bothered to understand what other people are saying before "refuting" them.

  7. The Republic of China government in Taipei has a claim over the Chinese mainland? This statement is completely mind-boggling – only ridiculously hard-liner KMT officials could even come close to believing this. The People's Republic of China and the Republic of China have had separate governments since way back when when CKS and his cronies split to Taiwan and Mao and his cronies took control of the mainland. Anyway, China has more of a claim to Taiwan than Taiwan to China, though it's not much of a claim. Why? Well, if only for the fact that the Taiwanese government is internationally isolated, at least in terms of diplomatic relations. And anyway, China could "force" their claim on Taiwan, if they ever really wanted;drTaiwan has no claim to China and v.v. Also, Taiwanese have no problem with the Chinese, just the Chinese government.

  8. The view expressed by Mr. Zhang is laughably familiar. No surprises there. The same tired knee-jerk, Taiwan independence orthodoxy that Taiwan independence true believers consider the gospel truth. Note how they invariably give themselves away? How they invariably let slip their bottom line? As long time readers of the China Desk know, the Taiwan independence movement has never been about anything so cerebral as "freedom, democracy, and human rights." It's always been about a visceral need to concoct an ersatz "Taiwanese" ethnic and political identity in order to avoid being identified as "Chinese." Acknowledging that one is Chinese does not mean being a "Chinese Chauvinist." Enlightened human beings in the modern world should not be Chauvinists at all. They should be individuals first, and "Americans" or "Chinese" or "Japanese" somewhere far down the scale. Being Chinese is a fact. For a normal individual of Chinese descent, it is neither a source of overweening pride, nor a source of unbearable shame. It is only a source of unbearable shame for self-hating Taiwan independence Chauvinists obsessed with forging a "Taiwanese, not Chinese" ethnic and national identity.

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