Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Finger in the Dike

On May 29, 2000, the Taipei Times ran an article titled “MAC Chief to speak on China Links” that said: "In addition to using semi-official government channels to conduct negotiations, the new government will focus on track two and a third channel to increase cross-strait communication and contact.” This will “create the conditions for direct dialogue between officials on both sides in the future” according to the report. Who the third channel was, I have no idea. A Taipei Times article of July 20, 2000, “Secret Talks, Invisible Groundwork,” said: “Shortly after Chen’s election, it was rumored that Jeremy Stone, president of the Federation of American Scientists, and Shen Chun-shan, former president of the National Tsing Hua University, were acting as secret envoys for Taiwan to Beijing. But these rumors were never confirmed."

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