Sunday, May 15, 2011

Making cross-Strait engagement irreversible

l  Despite Beijing's recent crackdowns on political dissidents, President Ma Ying-jeou made it clear recently that cross-Strait relations will continue to move forward.

l  It would seem politically unwise and against Taiwan’s interests to suspend or end exchanges with Beijing over issues that Taipei has little, if any, control over.

l  Since no major policy changes are expected irrespective of who wins the 2012 presidential contest, the challenge for both Beijing and Taipei is to find an acceptable compromise on key political issues like sovereignty and Taiwan’s international space.

l  This should also signal to Beijing that "economic concessions" will no longer be enough. There needs to be more goodwill in the non-economic domains, starting with a possible missile pullback.

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