Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Finger in the Dike

The idea was to organize three teams of negotiators and to negotiate with the Mainland on three bases simultaneously. Team A would accept the One China principle as the Mainland saw it (i.e., local government with a high degree of autonomy) to determine what was China’s best offer. Team B would negotiate on the basis of One China as Taiwan preferred to see it (i.e., cultural One China, economic One China, commonwealth, etc., with the two entities sharing the sovereignty of a greater China). Team C would try to negotiate a 50-year interim agreement. Letter of March 30 to the President-Elect.

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