Robert Marquand: China rolls out red carpet as it hosts a Taiwan politician
Leaders of the Chinese Communist and Taiwanese Nationalist parties, whose two sides were enjoined in one of the longest and bloodiest civil wars of the last century, meet Friday in Beijing for the first time in more than 60 years.
Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan, standard bearer of the Kuomintang Party that was epically driven out of China in 1949, is in Beijing at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. The event seems part of an emotional appeal to Chinese ethnic identity that is designed to isolate Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian, whose pro-independence government is deeply hated in Beijing.
See also “Taiwan’s Lien to meet China’s Hu” from the Daily Telegraph.