Beijing's Charm Offensive Is Giving Taiwan The Jitters

After a five-year freeze in relations, Taiwan and China will finally start talking again at a high-level meeting in Shanghai on Oct. 14. In the runup, both Beijing and Taipei have made a number of conciliatory gestures. Taiwan canceled potentially provocative war games scheduled to start on Oct. 12. Beijing dropped its insistence that Taipei must accept its "one China" policy of eventual reunification as a precondition for talks. For the moment, it has agreed to leave aside thorny political topics and just discuss workaday issues such as fishing rights.

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