Taiwan Urges China to Begin Peace Talks

From today’s Washington Post: “President Chen Shui-bian of , in a conciliatory gesture aimed at China’s newly consolidated leadership, proposed a fresh start Sunday on long-suspended talks to improve relations and lower tension across the Strait.

Chen suggested China’s President Hu Jintao may be more flexible in addressing Taiwan’s concerns now that former president Zhang Zemin has retired and left Hu in charge of the Chinese military in addition to the presidency and the Communist Party. In that light, Chen declared, Taiwan is willing to resume discussions on the basis of a previous agreement that there is only one China, but that Beijing and Taipei have differing interpretations of what that means. ”

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