Thursday, September 13, 2012

When things economic become political

l  In a recent interview with Taiwan’s Global Views Magazine, Vice president of China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), Zheng Lichong, declared that “reasonable arrangements” can be worked out under the “one-China principle” if Taipei wishes to sign free trade agreements (FTAs) with other countries.

l  It was the first time that a ranking Chinese official responsible for cross-Strait affairs had identified and included the “one-China principle” in response to Taiwan’s ongoing efforts to become more economically integrated through bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations.

l  Furthermore, the introduction of non-economic considerations could signal a new beginning in China-Taiwan relations when “easy things are no longer easy”.....

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