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Further Toward Chinese-Taiwanese Military Cooperation

Early this month I mentioned that Taiwan and China are creating a body to coordinate military cooperation between the Republic’s Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan). More good signs comes in news that the People’s Liberation Army and the Army of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will meet in Hawaii.

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From the article:

Senior Chinese and Taiwanese military officers will meet for the first time since the end of a civil war in 1949 at a forum in Hawaii this summer, state media said on Tuesday, in a further sign of improving ties between the political rivals.

Officials from both sides will attend August’s Transnational Security Cooperation forum organized by the U.S. Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, an institute under the U.S. Department of Defense, the official China Daily said.

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A skeptical interpretation of this is available from The View from Taiwan. This is bad news for both the Taiwanese independence movement and politicans on both sides of the Pacific whose careers depend on purchasing for a major war in the Taiwan Straight. However, this is a major forward to lasting peace in the Western Pacific, and also for the United States. China and the United States are the two most critical nations in the world today, and moves like these, by making conflict less likely, make cooperation more likely.

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Hawaii, besides being the headquarter of U.S. Pacific Command, is also pronounced birthplace of Chinese President Sun Yatsen and American President Barack Obama.

Update: The View from Taiwan links to a DefenseLink clarification. This is the first meeting of the Transnational Security Cooperation Course provided by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) attended by both Taiwan and China. In previous years, they have alternated attendance.