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  1. Dream island bridges the strait

    Posted May 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Pingtan since Beijing vowed in November to invest more than 250 billion yuan (HK$306 billion) by 2015 to transform it into a 'Little Taiwan'. The irony is rich. Before 1996, Beijing used Pingtan- the closest mainland territory to Taiwan, only 126 kilometres away- to stage massive military manoeuvres for the forcible 'liberation' of Taiwan. Now Beijing wants to bring ...

  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Beijing's 31 ways to win over Taiwan hearts and minds

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Director of cross-strait offices uses high-level forum to unveil initiatives to deepen economic, cultural and social exchanges Beijing has unveiled a basket of initiatives to deepen ... realise that." Beijing's 31 ways to win over hearts and minds in taiwan ...

  3. News - China - CROSS-STRAIT TIES

    Harmony between Beijing, Taiwan to continue, analysts say

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Show of commitment by Taipei's ruling KMT to the 'one China framework' reassures Xi Jinping of Ma Ying-jeou's peaceful stance, analysts say Beijing will maintain its ... between party general secretary Xi Jinping and KMT honorary chairman Wu Poh-hsiung in Beijing saw the two sides reach a major consensus on the "one China framework" and other issues. ...

  4. News - China - ECONOMY

    Beijing and Taipei set to agree on service trade pact

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Agreement will mark the culmination of 10 meetings since February 2011, officials say Beijing and Taipei to sign new trade pact Taiwan ... But the two bodies were only able to achieve results in their talks after Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008 and adopted a policy of engagement with Beijing, which has led ...

  5. News - China - MARITIME INCIDENT

    Beijing caught in the crossfire over killing of Taiwanese fisherman

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com As dispute about fisherman's killing escalates, Beijing faces a tricky diplomatic balancing act over how far it goes in its support for Taipei Caught in the crossfire A diplomatic dispute between Manila and Taipei, triggered by the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard, has presented Beijing with a dilemma. Should it take firm ...

  6. News - China

    Beijing urges Philippines to 'thoroughly investigate' killing

    Posted May 14th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung, Teddy Ng

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei and Teddy Ng Beijing urges 'thorough' shooting death probe Beijing would give Taiwan its strong backing if tensions triggered by the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard last week continue to escalate, analysts said yesterday. But Beijing would express its support cautiously, they say, to avoid being seen as using ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing should consider redefining 'one China'

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by CHARLES CHEN

    ... political dialogue, testing Beijing's patience. Beijing fully expects cross-strait relations to move to the next stage - of negotiations over the ultimate political arrangement for the two ... on anything. There are clues that Beijing is not yet ready to change its mind. For instance, over the escalating territorial dispute in the East China Sea, it has continued to urge Taipei to co-operate ...

  8. News - China - TAIWAN

    Students vow to continue Taiwan parliament protest after deadline to meet demands ignored

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 03:29pm by Lawrence Chung

    ... as president," Lin said. The protesters, as well as the DPP and civil action groups, say the pact would lead to fewer jobs. They also say that closer ties with Beijing could put the island's democracy at risk. They want the deal to be removed from a scheduled review by the legislature and a bill passed aimed at supervising all agreements reached between Beijing and Taipei. No other ...

  9. News - China - TAIWAN

    Ma Ying-jeou's Vatican trip, which Beijing barely protested, a success

    Posted Mar 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... with Taiwan Beijing remains silent over Ma's trip to Vatican Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's official visit this week to the Vatican, when he became the island's first leader to meet the pope and interacted with other foreign leaders, was hailed as a "fruitful" and "historic" trip by the island's media. Beijing did not go out of its way to condemn ...

  10. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou to attend pope's inauguration, irking Beijing

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei A word of caution from Beijing after Ma announces plan to attend inauguration Taiwan's president to visit Vatican Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou ... Taipei instead of Beijing as representing China, and is Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Europe. Beijing still refuses to renounce the use of force against the island in its long-stated goal ...




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