Confounding expectations, Taiwan is reducing its military spending even as its sole adversary, the People?s Republic of China, modernizes its military and significantly increases its defense budget. Michael Chase examines the key factors that have shaped Taiwan?s security policy over a span of three decades.Chase explores both the role of US security assurances in formulating Taiwan?s defense policy and the profound influence that domestic politics has played. He also considers the context of cross-Strait relations and the implications of Taiwan?s security choices for potential instability and conflict in the region and beyond. Relying on extensive Chinese-language sources and interviews, he offers the most definitive treatment of Taiwan?s security policy to date.
In this commentary on Aristotle Physics book eight, chapters one to five, the sixth-century philosopher Simplicius quotes and explains important fragments of the Presocratic philosophers, provides the fragments of his Christian opponent Philoponus' Against Aristotle On the Eternity of the World, and makes extensive use of the lost commentary of Aristotle's leading defender, Alexander of Aphrodisias. This volume contains an English translation of Simplicius' important commentary, as well as a detailed introduction, explanatory notes and a bibliography.
Capital equipment professionals, do you want more customers at higher prices? Are your customers treating your products like commodities? Are your competitors' getting more aggressive? Do you crave more persuasive marketing messages? Does your sales team need help defending prices? If you answered yes to any of these, then this book is for you. Get Your Price! is the first-ever book that shows you how to implement a value-based strategy in a capital equipment company. You'll learn how to avoid the commodity trap, create products with compelling value propositions, and secure value-based pricing.
The high-technology capital equipment business has its unique set of challenges. If youâ€™re an executive trying to compete in this world, you know itâ€™s not enough to just improve operational cost and efficiency. You need to consistently define and create winning products that are then successfully marketed to capture their full value. "Equipped to Win" shows you how to thrive in this world in a straight-forward how-to style. With "Equipped to Win" you get the capital equipment industryâ€™s best practices for strategy, product management, and marketing. Capital equipment executives, this is your guide for growing your business, improving profits, and beating the competition.
The preacher had robbed him of his manhood, at least that�s how he saw it. She on the other hand was willing to give it back to him. If beauty, compassion, and love was what she was offering, he�d be a fool to decline such a gift. This man was nobody�s fool. Divorce�can such a sorrowful word result from an extramarital affair, financial problems, maybe stress, or perhaps just a slow drifting apart between two who at one time were very much intertwined both literally and figuratively speaking? Marriage counselors will conclude yes to all the above, but allowing a church or, more specifically, the preacher to drive a man away? However, in Reckless Desire Rekindled, author Michael Chase takes one on a journey of such a dire experience. Come along and learn firsthand of bitterness and heartache yet eventually replaced by the warmth and tender care of a woman herself battered but not beaten by life.
Beyond Joseph Campbell and the much ballyhooed hero's journey, Michael Chase Walker takes the aspiring screenwriter into the rarely discusses alternative structures of outlaw stories, inverted myths and Messiah tales.