ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Waking Up to Realities

Waking Up to Realities G P D WIT H Reagan's election to the presidency of the United States, the Taiwan issue seems, to be moving to the centre of Sino-West relations. Senior Taiwanese1 officials visited Washington for Reagan's inauguration, On January 17, the New China News Agency made a curious comment on the invitation. It said that the invitation was "an important step toward resumption of official relations with Taiwan in violation of the principles contained in the Sino-Us communique". As if this comment was not mild enough the Xinhua went on to inform readers that "it is learned that the Chinese government has expressed to the American side firm opposition to this step''. The sobriety and the coolness of this comment is indeed unprecedented in Chinese diplomatic language. Is there a hope in Beijing that President Reagan may not complicate Sino-West relations further and therefore a little token accommodation of the American satellites ruling in Taibei can be ignored?

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