Tuesday, September 20, 2011

China-Taiwan Investment Protection Agreement: Deal or no Deal?

l  Beijing and Taipei offered two different projections last week on when, and how, the mutual investment protection agreement will be signed.

l  While Wang Yi, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), sounded confident when he declared that the signing was “imminent” by the end of September, Taipei was more conservative and expects, at least, another round of substantive negotiations.

l   An interesting angle on Wang’s optimistic projection can be perceived as a sign that Beijing now believes that Ma can win the January election and the ongoing cross-Strait rapprochement will continue.....

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