From the South China Morning Post comes this piece announcing that Beijing will join a cross-strait forum hosted by one of Taiwan's opposition parties. (Wait -- the DPP or the TSU?). Here's the headline and article:
One of Taiwan's opposition parties is set to hold a cross-strait forum with the Communist Party in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, early next month, four years after their first convention in Shanghai. Analysts say the event is an apparent sign that the mainland wants toincrease its political options in Taiwan instead of putting all its eggs in the Kuomintang basket.It's certainly humorous to read that the PFP is an "opposition" party, but more interesting is the name of Soong. Further on the article drops the broad hint that Beijing is displeased that its KMT allies gave the Dalai Lama a visa, and so they are showing favor to James Soong, the PFP head, once a colossus bestriding Taiwan politics, now doing his Ozymandias imitation in the political desert as most of his party legislators have returned to the KMT fold.
James Soong Chu-yu, chairman of the People First Party (PFP), will lead a delegation comprising party officials, scholars and experts for the three-day forum to discuss agricultural, water conservation and green energy co-operation.
Could Soong be rehabilitated as a political force by tighter links with Beijing? It would be classic authoritarian strategy to play off one bigwig against another to prevent the growth of a single powerful figure, or more likely, merely to let the KMT know that such a thing could happen if they are not sufficiently servile.
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