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Warmer tone on China from Taiwan

Four months after national elections that returned an ardent Taiwanese patriot to the presidency – deeply disappointing China and raising tensions in East Asia – Taiwan is adopting a creatively conciliatory approach to the mainland. It is reducing anti-China rhetoric and backing off provocative promises for a new constitution. Dyed-in-the-wool advisers to President Chen Shui-bian speak of going to the mainland for talks, inconceivable months ago. Mr. Chen, grazed by an assassin’s bullet on the eve of a bitterly fought election this spring, is adopting a more moderate policy towards China to de-escalate tensions, high-level ministry sources here say – something urged strongly on Chen by the US administration and now being cautiously welcomed by Beijing.Full Story

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