By Kevin G. Cai
With Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) regaining energy from the Democratic revolutionary social gathering (DPP) on may possibly 20, 2008, either Beijing and Taipei were adjusting their rules towards one another. besides the fact that, those contemporary adjustments will be visible as a part of the general ongoing strategy of coverage adjustment in either Beijing and Taipei in accordance with altering household and exterior stipulations due to the fact that 1979. This booklet explores the method of coverage adjustment and institutional switch on either side of the Taiwan Straits on account that 1979 and gives coverage suggestions. by way of featuring a comparative and balanced dialogue of cross-Straits family members from either mainland chinese language and Taiwanese views, this paintings might help readers achieve an stronger knowing of this arguable factor.
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Qxd 3/8/2011 12:48 PM Page 8 b1078 Cross-Taiwan Straits Relations 8 Kevin G. Cai time ever that such a high-ranking Chinese official had visited Taiwan in 60 years. The third and fourth rounds of talks were respectively held in Nanjing on 26 April 2009 and in Taichung on 21–25 December 2009. Within just two years after Ma Ying-jeou took office, there was a rapid improvement in cross-Straits relations with high-profile achievements, with four rounds of talks leading to the signing of 12 agreements and one consensus that helped establish three links (direct postal, transportation and trade links), food safety, finance and other functional areas.
But for Beijing, the Taiwan issue is regarded as representing China’s core national interests, not only because it involves such important issues of state sovereignty and territorial integrity that Beijing still values so highly, but also because it touches the very nerve of the Chinese nation. With a continuing bitter memory of humiliation by Western and Japanese imperialist powers from the Opium War in the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century, the Taiwan issue has become a matter of national honor and pride for the Chinese people.
6 Jiang’s Eight-Point Proposal put forward a series of new ideas, new judgments and new policies, with distinct characteristics of the new age to develop cross-Straits relations and to promote reunification of the motherland. 7 On the surface, the overall situation of cross-Straits relations was not bad at the time. In May 1995, the ARATS and the SEF conducted the first round of preparatory talks in Taipei in preparation for the second round of Wang–Koo talks, which they decided would be held in Beijing on 20 July 1995.
Cross-Taiwan Straits Relations Since 1979: Policy Adjustment and Institutional Change Across the Straits by Kevin G. Cai