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European barbarianism in China: ruining the Old Summer Palace

The Second Opium War (October 8th, 1856-October 24th, 1860) was successfully fought by the British and the French Empire against Imperial China to compel...

Eisenhower’s short visit to Taiwan in 1960

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, was born on October 14th, 1890 in the city...

Former “Free China” developing a distinct Taiwanese identity

Taiwan, according to the current Constitution still called the "Republic of China", was baptized "Formosa" by some Portuguese sailors which never went ashore and...

Pierre Trudeau´s three visits to China

Pierre Trudeau, former Canadian Prime Minister and long-term leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, died on September 28th, 2000 in his home town...

Ma Haide, China’s communist American doctor

Shafick George Hatem, better known under his Chinese name Ma Haide, the American doctor of Lebanese descent who in the 1930s was the first...

First Western war correspondent died in China in 1860

Thomas William Bowlby, British pioneer of war reportage, died on September 22nd, 1860 in Tongzhou, which is now a district of the vastly expanded...

160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second Opium War...

Farewell to the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission

Under the current Constitution of the Republic of China (ROC, still Taiwan’s official name), approved in Nanking in 1947, Tibet and Mongolia as a...

Mandela’s ultimately failed trip to Taiwan

Nelson Mandela’s official visit to Taiwan in July 1993 has almost been forgotten.

The “Hun speech” as an early example of political propaganda

The alleged “Hun speech“ by the German Kaiser is a sad example of how manipulated words lead to disastrous consequences.

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