Major reversal: Beijing cuts communication with Taiwan over ‘one China’ issue

Major reversal: Beijing cuts communication with Taiwan over ‘one China’ issue
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-Wen at her inauguration. (Image: Screen grab of France24 video, YouTube)

[Ed. – This ain’t goin nowhere good.  For one thing, the regime in Beijing felt free to signal such an important reversal in relations.  That’s an indicator that China doesn’t feel constrained by the status quo.  For another thing, it puts both sides in a box.  Beijing can’t back down from this.  But Ms. Tsai of Taiwan can’t knuckle under either.  The move looks like Beijing trying to force Taiwan to signal no confidence in Tsai.  Which may not be an unrealistic calculation — but if the gambit works, all of East Asia takes a big step closer to a very unpleasant, destabilizing confrontation with China.  Bad moon rising.]

China said Saturday (Jun 25) that communications with Taiwan had been suspended after the island’s new government failed to acknowledge the concept that there is only “one China”. …

Beijing and Taipei have held regular, official communications since 2014, but that has now stopped, according to China’s Taiwan Affairs Office.

“The bilateral communication mechanism has been suspended,” TAO spokesman An Fengshan said on its website. …

Beijing is highly suspicious of Tsai, whose Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which replaced the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party in government, is traditionally pro-independence and has warned her against any attempt at a breakaway.

Beijing said it had cut contact because Taiwan had refused to acknowledge the “1992 consensus” – a tacit agreement made between Chinese officials and the KMT that there is only “one China” but each side is allowed its own interpretation.

Tsai’s presidential predecessor Ma Ying-jeou recognised the consensus and oversaw an unprecedented thawing of ties from 2008 to when he left office in May.

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