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China’s Hu Jintao ‘patient,’ ‘pragmatic’ on Taiwan, Lee Kuan Yew says in cable

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

“If the Taiwan referenda on joining the United Nations had passed and the DPP [Democratic Progressive Party] had stayed in power, Hu would have been vulnerable to strong attacks against his policy. By contrast, having achieved ‘the best possible result in the elections’ [that the KMT won the election and the referendums were defeated], Hu is now ‘very strong’ on Taiwan Policy, Guo argued,” the cable read.

The cable quoted Yang Liuchang, director-general of the Hong Kong, Macao, and Overseas Affairs Division of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office, as saying that Hu’s policy had been successful because it focused on peaceful development, which was a “win-win” situation for people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

“Yang said Hu is serious about achieving a peace agreement but will be patient and, unlike Jiang Zemin, will ‘not rush’ in pushing forward on cross-Strait issues,” Yang said.

In its comment, the US embassy in Beijing said it was a fact that Hu’s successful strategic gambles appeared to have strengthened his hand on Taiwan, the cable read.

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