Taiwan has accepted an invitation from China to restart bilateral talks that have been suspended for a decade, in a further signal of warming relations.
China invited Taiwanese officials to attend talks in Beijing from 11 June, with the focus on tourism and charter flights.
Accepting the invitation, Taiwan said it would organize a delegation. On Wednesday, the head of Taiwan’s ruling party held landmark talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Restart? Why, when did they started for the first time and we didn’t know? :)))
The head of Taiwan‘s ruling party has departed for a six-day visit to China, in what is seen as another sign of warming ties between the two sides.
During his visit, Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung will meet top leaders and discuss cross-strait transport links. He is the first leader of a Taiwanese governing party to visit China since the two sides split in 1949.
His visit comes days after Ma Ying-jeou was sworn in as Taiwan’s new president. Mr. Ma wants better ties with China and has called for a “new chapter of peace” to be opened.
Things change to China and the Chinese government talks with the nationalists, but still nothing changes in human rights and the Chinese refuse to talk with the ..Ordinary people!
Chinese President Hu Jintao is set to hold a historic meeting with Taiwan’s vice-president elect, Vincent Siew.
It would be the highest-level meeting between the two sides since they split at the end of the civil war in 1949. The meeting is expected to be short one on the sidelines of a regional business conference on China’s Hainan Island. Mr. Siew is the running-mate of Ma Ying-jeou, who was easily elected as Taiwan’s president last month, promising better relations with China.
Is this a message that it will take 60 years till they do something, at least talk with Tibet?
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a full inventory of US nuclear arms after parts of ballistic missiles were mistakenly sent to Taiwan.
He said a report, that would also include checks of related materials, should be completed within 60 days. The US sent nuclear fuse triggers to Taiwan instead of helicopter batteries in 2006. The mistake was only discovered last week.
The arms issue is sensitive as China regards Taiwan as a renegade province. Beijing vehemently opposes US arms sales to Taiwan and has threatened to attack the island if it declares independence.
Right, things like this make me worry, inventory? You mean you re not exactly sure what you have in your storage? Man, we are talking about nuclear, you know …boom …the end!
Taiwan is voting in a presidential election in which both candidates favor closer economic ties with China. Frank Hsieh, of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, faces a tough battle against Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang.
Mr. Ma, whose party has traditionally taken a more conciliatory line towards Beijing, has led consistently in opinion polls. But analysts believe Mr. Hsieh may have narrowed the gap in the race to replace President Chen Shui-bian.
Mr. Hsieh has accused his rival of being soft on China and portrayed himself as the man best placed to defend Taiwan’s interests.
Over 17 million people are eligible to vote and turnout is expected to be high. Polling stations opened at 0800 on Saturday and close at 1600, with results expected a few hours later.
What remains to see is if the issue of totally independent from China will rise again, with Kosovo been the first all possibilities are open, at least for the Taiwanese people, china’s reaction to something like that is the obvious the mystery lies on the west and especially USA!