Taiwan and China May Open Direct Talks

By: AP
By: AP

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A U.S. cable released by WikiLeaks cites
Taiwan's vice president as telling the top American diplomat on the
island that President Ma Ying-jeou would open political talks with
China if re-elected to a second term.

Vincent Siew's June 2009 statement to de facto American
ambassador Stephen Young is the clearest indication yet by a senior
Ma official that the president would expand on existing economic
talks if re-elected in January.

The cable quotes Siew as saying political talks would touch on
"a peace treaty, a formal end to hostilities and development of
bilateral military confidence mechanisms" with China.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949.

China still claims Taiwan as its own and seeks its integration into the
mainland.


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