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2012 in review

December 31, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

2011 in review

January 1, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 46 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 51 posts. There were 43 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 55mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 29th with 171 views. The most popular post that day was “The Motherlode” on Chinese ASBM Development.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for china military power report 2010, asbm, china military power 2010, chinese asbm, and china military power report.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


“The Motherlode” on Chinese ASBM Development March 2010


Military Power of the PRC in 2010 April 2010


On the 2010 China Military Power Report, Part I August 2010


“Too Big to Fail,” U.S. Marines Version: The V-22 Osprey May 2010


The End of Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah in the Southern Philippines March 2010

2010 Taiwan Best Blog Awards

December 31, 2010

The Taiwanderful blog runs a contest each year for the top blogs in Taiwan.  Facing China was not a candidate to win any of the actual awards this year, but I would like to thank David Reid for including this blog as one of his top “political” blogs, stating that “These blogs do a great job interpreting some of the nuances of Taiwan politics.”

Some great Taiwan blogs in 2010 – David on Formosa.

Picking up the pace in 2011

December 31, 2010

Facing China has been around for more than a year now, and a goal I have in the new year for the blog is to post at least once a week. Not just the “link drop” posts that I have added in recently, but things like the recent post I did on Taiwan and the new Korean War. If I can get a good post in each week in the first few weeks of 2011 (while I am still working on academic requirements for the fall semester), then I should be doing OK. Wish me luck!

Blogroll update

October 20, 2010

Building Peace has, unfortunately, gone the way of the dodo, so I am taking it off the blogroll.  We will miss you.


  • The Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief – I’ve been reading this for a long time, but didn’t think to add it to the blogroll until Dr. Lin Cheng-yi mentioned it during his lecture yesterday about Taiwan Strait and South China Sea security issues.  Willy Wo-lap Lam always has good contributions here about China’s leadership, and once in a while Prof. Andrew Erickson from the U.S. Naval War College gets an article in there, too.  Must-read.
  • Focus Taiwan News – official news from Taiwan’s government in English.
  • Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) – this is the entity established by the Taiwan government to manage affairs with the PRC.  Dr. Lin showed us some interesting public opinion polls and other useful information found here.
  • The Institute for National Policy Research (INPR) – non-partisan think tank based in Taipei.

A Few Shout-outs

April 1, 2010

Xie xieI’d like to take a minute to acknowledge a few people who have recently taken it upon themselves to help promote this blog or have linked to it.  First is the US-Taiwan Defense Command blog, who did a whole post about Facing China as a new Taiwan-related blog.  The View From Taiwan put up a link to my post about the Americans in Southern Taiwan exhibit at the Kaohsiung Museum of History, which has generated a tremendous amount of traffic on the blog, and finally Dr. Andrew S. Erickson posted an excerpt of my post about Chinese ASBM on his website.  He also updated a post of his own on the same topic to include as a resource my paper about China’s asymmetric capabilities.  Thanks to everyone for all your help!  More and more people are visiting the blog, which is good.  Please tell your friends about the blog, and visit often!


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