Autonomous powers to be granted to Macau will form part of a fresh propaganda campaign by Beijing to lure Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui's successors to the negotiating table. Reunification policy in the new millennium will be the focus of a national conference on Taiwan slated to be held after the Macau handover, which takes place on December 19. The meeting will be organised by the Communist Party Central Committee's Leading Group on Taiwan Affairs, headed by President Jiang Zemin. A Beijing source said the conference would be assigned with implementing Mr Jiang's instruction that future reunification efforts be aimed at the post-Lee era after March's presidential election. The source said Mr Jiang's advisers wanted to devise ways to make the 'one country, two systems' model more attractive. 'Beijing wants to give a new push to Taiwan unification after the successful Macau handover,' the source said. 'Although autonomous powers to be given to Macau will be largely similar to those of Hong Kong, the Macau experience will be used to lure Taiwan politicians to reconsider Beijing's [unification] offer.' Political analysts said some Taiwan experts in Beijing advocated that, compared with Hong Kong, Macau should be given more leeway as a bridge between the mainland and the 'breakaway province'. For example, Macau, which already enjoys close trade and aviation ties with Taipei, might be given more favourable policies to lure Taiwan investors. Apart from the Macau handover, the imminent accession to the World Trade Organisation by the mainland and Taiwan is seen as having a positive impact on reunification. However, political analysts said the party leadership was still following a 'double-fisted' policy towards Taipei. This meant that while the emphasis in the near future would be on olive branches, Beijing had by no means given up preparations for a military or quasi-military solution to the reunification problem. Mr Jiang and other senior cadres are following the presidential election campaign in Taiwan closely. It is understood the Beijing leadership is guardedly optimistic that two of the three candidates - former Taiwan governor James Soong Chu-yu and Vice-President Lien Chan - will play down Mr Lee's 'two states' theory if either becomes president.