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Apr 14, 2008

Siew and Hu meeting: sorta a bore.

It only lasted about 20 minutes also. Nothing really happened. After flying in on a charter jet to Hainan island's domestic airport, Siew eventually go to meet Hu Jintao.

During the meeting, Siew suggested “facing reality, inventing the future, putting aside controversy and seeking a win-win situation,” said KMT Legislator Su Chi (蘇起), a member of Siew’s delegation.
“We will continue to push for cross-strait exchanges in areas such as economy and culture, continue to push for cross-strait weekend charter flights and negotiations on issues concerning visits by Chinese to Taiwan,” CCTV reported. “We will continue to care for the wellbeing of Taiwanese compatriots, safeguard the rights of Taiwanese compatriots and push for cross-strait negotiations.”
So really, the Chinese only agreed to keep doing what they're doing now. The most important part, if you ask me, was Siew saying China should "face reality," which is code for "admit/don't deny the ROC exists." It was subtle enough to be polite but strangely pointed in a way I hadn't expected.

The big tests will come after the inauguration, of course.

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