Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Finger in the Dike

It read: “2). Agree not to Call for Independence During the Talks.” One high Chinese official had suggested, on a personal basis, that the talks could start as long as a designated set of about five Taiwanese officials agreed not to call for independence during the talks (president, foreign minister, defense minister, etc.). He specifically said that Vice President Lu would not have to be one of these five—evidently they discounted the significance of her statements.

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