China Alters Language On Taiwan

From The Washington Post:

Chinese President Hu Jintao proposed new diplomatic language Thursday aimed at ending the decades-old state of hostilities between China and Taiwan, in a rare but tentative concession by a Communist leader on one of the most sensitive issues in Chinese politics.

In a joint communique issued after a two-hour meeting in the cavernous Great Hall of the People, Hu and James Soong, a Taiwanese opposition leader, endorsed a new formulation of the mainland government’s long-standing position that cross-strait talks can begin only after Taiwan acknowledges it is part of “one China.” Under the new language, Hu effectively agreed to open talks if Taiwan accepted the principle of “two shores, one China” while acknowledging that the two sides might differ on precisely what that term meant.

May 13, 2005 5:44 AM
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