The article is about Douglas H. Paal, a one-time China policy advisor to George H. W. Bush, who served in the NSC during the first Bush administration. Paal is soon to be appointed to serve as America’s de facto Ambassador to Taiwan.
(The United States has not officially recognized the government of Taiwan since 1979. Since then, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has handled America’s diplomatic affairs in the island nation. And its Director functions as the United States’ de facto ambassador.)
The article discusses certain controversies surrounding Mr. Paal and his appointment.