Date: Nov 22, 2015
By: Faith Hung and Yimou Lee
A Taiwan NGO that promotes engagement with China has called off its push for a
referendum on whether to set up a free trade zone allowing unfettered Chinese investment, its founder said, amid growing anti-China sentiment on an island Beijing considers its own.
Chinese President Xi Jinping this month met his Taiwan counterpart, Ma Ying-jeou, in the first meeting between leaders of the two sides since China’s civil war ended in 1949.
Some observers saw the meetings as a step forward in improving ties, others as a polarization of positions weeks before Taiwan holds elections in which the pro-China ruling Kuomintang (KMT) is expected to be trounced. [FULL STORY]