Wang Yiwei: China’s defensive realism

From the Asia Times Online: “At first glance, the world was very surprised by the timing of the announcement last Friday that Beijing was starting the legislative initiative of an anti-secession law, as it came after Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian’s pro-independence party and its allies suffered a defeat in Taiwan’s legislative elections on December 11. This means Beijing is not so naive as to take it for granted that the danger of Chen’s so-called pan-greens (the governing coalition) going for independence will disappear now that the opposition pan-blues have won a small majority of seats in Taiwan’s parliament. But lest it influence the legislative election, Beijing waited and then kicked off the long-awaited legislative initiate a week after the Taiwan polls. ”

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