The man set to take over as China's leader is reputedly very well-versed in Taiwanese affairs. Throughout his political career, Xi Jinping has maintained close links to the Taiwanese business community based in China, and members of his wife's clan live in Taiwan. But those who assume that Xi's background might lead to rapid evolutions in Beijing’s cross-straits policies are likely to be disappointed.

Despite Taiwan Ties, China's Xi Likely to Maintain Cross-Strait Continuity

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At the Chinese Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade leadership reshuffle currently taking place in Beijing, outgoing party General Secretary and Chinese President Hu Jintao warned party cadres that the CCP’s very survival depended on its ability to rein in corruption. But on the party’s “core interest” of Taiwan, Hu displayed noticeably less urgency.

Hu’s approach to Taiwan policy, which has combined opposition to independence with an outreach to all sectors of the island's civil society, led to spectacularly improved ties between the former arch enemies. In his address to the party congress last week, Hu reiterated calls for peaceful unification, military confidence building measures and the signing of a China-Taiwan peace agreement. ...

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