CHAN IF Beijing is to resume talks with Taipei, it should opt for a 'political dialogue' instead of merely continuing working-level meetings set up to resolve fishing disputes, an analyst said. In Beijing, Li Jiaquan, the deputy executive chairman of the Beijing-Taiwan Economic Research Centre argued it was 'hopeless' for Taipei to appeal for talks before next month's presidential election. Taiwan's top negotiator with the mainland, Koo Chen-fu, yesterday urged Beijing to resume high-level talks, saying it was 'very dangerous' to have no channel of communication. 'We sincerely wish that China would resume the talks,' said Mr Koo, chairman of the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). But Mr Li said even if Beijing agreed to restart talks after the election, it would be more effective to start with a 'political dialogue' first. 'Unlike past cross-strait talks which focused mainly on repatriating hijackers, returning illegal immigrants and fisheries disputes, a 'political dialogue' would focus mainly on the agenda of 'one China', ' Mr Li said. Unless accord was reached on that principle, he said, agreement was impossible on issues such as intellectual property rights protection, private investment guarantees and matters of concern to Taiwan regarding Hong Kong after the handover, he added. Otherwise, progress on talks would be overturned again and again, which was exactly what had happened in the past, he said. 'Since Taipei officials have earlier mentioned that their willingness to resume cross-straits dialogue was unconditional, we'll see if they mean they would accept a 'political dialogue', ' Mr Li said. Past cross-strait talks have been conducted by delegates from Beijing's Association for Relations across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and Taipei's SEF. Beijing indefinitely postponed a second round of high-level talks after Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui's trip to the United States last June. The SEF's deputy secretary-general, Shi Hwei-yow, said this week there were 'indications' that ARATS/SEF talks would resume after the island's March 23 elections. Cross-strait tensions, which have remained high since Mr Lee's trip, escalated when newspapers reported Beijing planned to hold military exercises near Taiwan this month. Chinese premier Li Peng last week reiterated Beijing's vow to use military force against Taiwan if it declared independence.