Power And Dollar

Where are Beijing and Taipei heading to?

Beijing and Taipei just signed their agreement to have direct flights (36 flights / annum).  In addition to establishing direct flights, both sides will also establish visa granting offices.  What are the important and relevant points here?

 

It is too early to say which entity will carry this function on the Taipei side.  On the Beijing side, it is obvious that will be China Travel Services .   This is a company total owned by the Beijing government.  The implication here is Taipei needs to have a debate about what to be done about Mainland China companies operating in Taiwan.  This is something Taiwan did not prepare for. 

 

What Taiwan should really want is: if there is any grease to be distributed on the Mainland side, make sure the grease is distributed to a non-government owned entity.  If that is not possible, then make the recipient as remotely government controlled as possible.  Diluting (or weakening) the influence of Communist Party is the goal when unification comes.  Since reciprocity is a must in an agreement like this, Taiwan has no problem in instituting such a condition on its own end.  If Mainland doesn’t like it, it just becomes another chip on the table.  So the requests can work out like these: the tourist companies need to be publicly traded which no stocks are owned by government or government owned companies.  The visa applications will be collected by tourist companies and forwarded to a government agency.  

 

In fact this office establishing was not on the original agenda.  This again shows Taiwan has a lot more development potential for its negotiation staff.  And it also shows Taiwan needs to check its own inventory: what chips does Taiwan have, especially Mainland China will get stronger annually?

 

Outside of this agreement and moving forward, what Taiwan needs is some space in the international arena.  And Mainland China President Hu is really selling the co-inhabitant atmosphere.  Hu is selling so hard for the following reasons:

1)      Hu is having his second and final term of presidency.  Taiwan is the holy grail for any Mainland China or Taipei president;

2)      Tibet gave China a bad rep and Olympics is coming;

3)      Sichuan earthquake, no matter how well Mainland China government performed during the crisis, is still a negative.

 

For relationship and confidence building purposes, now is the time to give more exposure to Taiwan.  APEC could be a place for it since Mainland China should be very confident about its own influence there.  WHO is another place since sovereignty is not as prominent as health security in that organization.  If Hu wants this as his accomplishment, then he needs to dance with Taiwan: Give more love offense to Taiwan.  

 

We all know the famous line of Roosevelt: “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.”  However, will this same line work if a Mainland Chinese president says it while the audience is Taiwan voters?

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June 13, 2008 - Posted by | business, China, Current Events, economics, 香港, opinion, politics, Taiwan, wordpress-political-blogs, 台灣, 中國

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