Monday, October 15, 2012

Why did Beijing say “yes” to Frank Hsieh?

l  Former premier and DPP Chairman Frank Hsieh’s visit to China in early October has been undoubtedly the most talked-about event in cross-Strait relations during recent weeks.

l  Besides his consistently moderate views toward China, one can’t help but wonder why would Beijing put aside ideological differences and allow Hsieh to visit the mainland on the eve of Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 18th Party Congress.

l  Following Hsieh’s trip, will the DPP begin to make substantive changes in its China policy? Will Beijing extend the same courtesy to other DPP heavyweights, particularly presidential aspirants, in the future? Lastly, how would Hsieh’s trip impact the dynamics of cross-Strait relations.....

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