Taiwan Leaders Must Push for Liu Xiaobo’s Freedom

From eTaiwanNews:

During a five-day visit which ends today, the chief negotiator on cross-strait relations for the authoritarian People’s Republic of China for Taiwan affairs has repeatedly declared that Beijing will “absolutely respect” the expression of different opinions within Taiwan society regarding the cross-strait talks and on whether to welcome his journey.

These pious declarations by Association for Relations Across the Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin, a former director for Taiwan affairs for both the PRC government and the ruling Chinese Communist Party, have been discordant with his own statements that Beijing will not “waver” in its current policy direction on Taiwan due to these “different voices.”

The lack of sincerity on the part of the PRC side was confirmed by the declaration by ARATS Vice Chairman Zheng Lizhong that any dialogue with opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen would only be possible on the precondition that she and her party abandoned advocation of “Taiwan independence.”

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