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Taiwan's ex-security chief confirms secret China channels
AFP via Space War ^ | 5/16/2010 | AFP via Space War

Posted on 05/16/2010 11:15:00 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Taiwan's former security chief has confirmed for the first time that Taipei and Beijing used secret communications channels from 2008 as they worked to thaw glacial ties, it was reported Sunday. Su Chi, who was chief of the National Security Council until earlier this year, said in an interview with the Taipei-based United Daily News that the sensitive channels helped build trust between the longtime foes.

He said the National Security Council did not talk directly to authorities on the mainland, but declined to provide details of the secret channels.

"In my office, there were no hotlines. I did not contact them directly. It would have been too risky."

Taiwan's ties with its giant neighbour have improved markedly since President Ma Ying-jeou came to power in 2008, pledging to boost trade links and allowing in more Chinese tourists.

Taiwan has governed itself since 1949 at the end of a civil war. However, Beijing still considers Taiwan part of its territory and maintains its right to use force should the island move to declare formal independence.

(Excerpt) Read more at sinodaily.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beijing; china; prc; roc; taipei; taiwan

1 posted on 05/16/2010 11:15:01 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove
Taiwan's ties with its giant neighbour have improved markedly since President Ma Ying-jeou came to power in 2008, pledging to boost trade links and allowing in more Chinese tourists

Trade and tourism is the way to go. Lots of the giant Taiwanese electronics firms have manufacturing plants in China . I don't really see much in benefits for China from starting a war to take control of Taiwan. China controls Hong Kong today, yet Hong Kong pretty much does what it likes as far as it's economy and finances are concerned, and both China and Hong Kong are profiting a lot from it.

2 posted on 05/16/2010 11:56:19 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

Exactly. China won’t try for Taiwan unless it humiliates them publically or unilaterally declares independence.

China would prefer not to have to attack Taiwan, because whilst it could probably take Taiwan, the damage Taiwan could inflict would cripple China for decades and Taiwan itself would be demolished in the process. They will only invade if their face is on the line.


3 posted on 05/17/2010 2:56:54 AM PDT by Androcles (All your typos are belong to us)
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