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China and Taiwan cross-strait representative offices: One offensive, the other defensive

Chen Yunlin, right, head of Beijing's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, attends a ceremony with Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation

Chen Yunlin, right, head of Beijing’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, attends a ceremony with Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation

Great progress has been made in the talks on mutual establishment of representative offices across the Taiwan Strait. Now both sides have begun to make preparations.

We can foresee that in the future, the mainland’s agency stationed in Taiwan will bring its great economic power into play by performing its service functions and launching peaceful offensives.

With super public-relations skill, it will become the media’s favourite, drawing great attention in Taiwan.

In the future, it will issue not only visible travel visas to Taiwan compatriots but also “political visas” and “economic visas” to political and economic figures.

Taipei wants status while Beijing is anxious for consummation of marriage

Each has its own desire in the talks on the mutual establishment of representative offices. Using relations between man and woman as a metaphor, Taipei wants to establish its status first while Beijing is anxious for consummation of marriage.According to current progress, Taiwan will finish the legislative work by the end of this year and be able to set up its representative office on the mainland and even put it into operation next year.

Knowing well that it is a trend impossible to stop, the Democratic Progressive Party can only declare the persistence in maintaining two functions with diplomatic significance: “the right to issue visas” and “the consular privilege of visits.” The two rights are not difficult to exercise, judging by past experience of the interactions between the two sides across the strait.

Similar to the situation at present, what Taiwan issues is called “visa” while what the mainland issues is called “endorsement,” or the right to issue visa without a diplomatic name.The privilege of visit has always been exercised by Mainland’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation, and will continue to be maintained, only there is no title of consul.

The personnel of the Association and Foundation may help each other in arranging the exercise of the privilege of visit. In fact, there are merely small differences from the provisions of the Vienna Convention.

The agencies are mainly to provide services, but the mainland’s agency in Taiwan will play even more significant political functions.There are great differences between the societies across the strait. Unless something unexpected takes place, the mainland representative will be a master of public relations capable of dealing with all people and resourceful to achieve successes.

He will actively take part in various social activities in Taiwan, give frequent interviews to media, comment and criticise various political and economical phenomena in Taiwan and exploit every opportunity to promote “one China” and overall national interest.

Issuance of “political and economical visas” by mainland agency in Taiwan will be focus of attention

Contacts between the mainland’s agency in Taiwan with the elite in various circles in Taiwan will be the media’s focus of attention. Taiwan political figures will prove their capability of dealing with cross-strait affairs and connections with people by interactions with Mainland’s agency by obtaining Beijing’s “political visa.” Entrepreneurs will show off their friendly relations with the Mainland by such interactions.

That “economic visa” will facilitate building up business trustworthiness. There is no need to say that people in other cultural and social circles will be busy travelling across the strait. Beijing has gained lots of experience since long ago in the course of the recovery of its sovereignty over Hong Kong.

The warfare without gunpowder between the two sides of the strait moved from Singapore to Hong Kong, and then from Hong Kong to Taiwan. Each side’s intention and strategy in establishing its representative office across the strait differs entirely from the other.

Beijing’s representative will conduct peaceful offensives, while Taipei only intends to perform the functions to deal with affairs. The differences are so great that what each agency may achieve in the future is indeed not difficult to foretell.

Source: Ming Pao “Representative Offices across Taiwan Strait: One Offensive, the other Defensive” (translated from Chinese by Chan Kai Yee)

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


2 thoughts on “China and Taiwan cross-strait representative offices: One offensive, the other defensive

  1. Reblogged this on CHINDIA ALERT: You'll be living in their world, very soon and commented:
    Another illustration of the Chinese pragmatism. Why let ‘politics’ stand in the way of good mutual trade relationship?


    Posted by keeper @ chindia-alert | May 9, 2013, 8:18 pm


  1. Pingback: Taiwan opposition party blocks China reciprocal offices | China Daily Mail - June 16, 2013

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