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In Taiwan, a Quieting Opposition to China Talks

Jonathan S. Seidman Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Six months after the hotly contested signing of a controversial cross-strait trade pact, Taiwan may be beginning to accept talks with China as business as usual.

Only a few dozen desultory protesters could be seen waving signs around in the bitter winter air in Taipei during the latest round of cross-strait negotiations last month. Police officers assigned to preserve the peace appeared more relaxed than during past talks, perhaps confident they wouldn't need to exert themselves pulling apart mobs around Chinese envoy Chen Yunlin's hotel. ...

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