BEIJING will cool down or even call a halt to cross-strait relations in the wake of the United States' decision to allow the Taiwan President's visit, analysts said yesterday. And the second mini-summit between China's top negotiator Wang Daohan and his Taiwan counterpart Koo Chen-fu could be the first victim. Wong Man-fong, former head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of Xinhua (the New China News Agency) in Hong Kong said yesterday that relations between Beijing and Taipei would be adversely affected by the Clinton administration's U-turn on China policy. 'Beijing thinks that Mr Lee is working to create 'two Chinas'. Beijing will not change its Taiwan policy. 'But relations across the Taiwan Strait will cool down or stagnate for a while,' Mr Wong said. Lee Kok-keung, chief editor of the Hong Kong-based pro-Beijing journal Wide Angle, said yesterday that there would be conflicts if President Lee continued his aggressive approach in the international arena. 'It is certain that Beijing-Taipei relations will become tense. And there might be conflicts, if Taiwan continues to push ahead without considering the consequences so much so that Beijing feels that situations have become intolerable and beyond control,' Mr Lee said. He suggested that Beijing might then adopt new tactics based on a policy speech delivered by party boss Jiang Zemin this January. But as long as Taiwan does not opt for independence, Mr Lee said Beijing would not resort to military action. However, 'it is certain that something not so pleasant will happen between the two places in the remaining years of the 1990s', he said. Mr Lee said that the US had been helping Taiwan to expand its international status. 'This breakthrough in the Taiwan-US relationship means more space for Taiwan internationally. Some smaller countries might just follow suit. The US wants to see a divided China, with the two places always fighting with each other. 'It will keep its formal diplomatic relations with China, but will also continue to help Taiwan survive, including the selling of arms to Taiwan,' Mr Lee said. He said President Bill Clinton, though under much pressure from Republicans, could still hold on to the original policy. 'But he is also happy to use the opportunity as a test to see how Beijing reacts and to know what cards Beijing is holding,' Mr Lee said. Mr Wong believed the move by the Clinton administration signalled a change in US China policy. While holding that China was the sole legitimate government, the US also recognised Taiwan as a political entity, Mr Wong added. He said the US was likely to have follow-up action, depending on the mainland's reaction to the visit, including normalising visits of officials, and support for Taiwan's bid to join international organisations.