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Taiwan to host international forum on China's power transition

ROC Central News Agency

2012/11/11 17:11:52

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) Taiwan will host an international conference over the next two days to analyze the ongoing power transition in China, particularly how it might affect policy-making in Beijing.

At the conference, co-hosted by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Institute for National Policy Research, experts from Taiwan and other countries such as the U.S., Australia, Singapore and Thailand will examine the decisions made at the ongoing 18th National Congress of the Communist Party and what they mean.

The experts in the fields of international relations and cross-Taiwan Strait affairs will include Randall Schriver, former United States deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He is currently the president and CEO of the Project 2049 Institute, a non-profit research organization dedicated to the study of security trends in Asia.

The conference will also discuss the characteristics of China's new leadership and possible directions in Taipei-Beijing relations, the organizers said.

MAC deputy head Lin Chu-Chia will give a speech on Taiwan's policy toward China, detailing the goal of peaceful and prosperous cross-strait relations.

At the one-week congress in China that opened Nov. 8, Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to hand over leadership of the communist party to Xi Jinping.

Hu said at the opening of the congress that China should stick to the principle of "peaceful unification" with Taiwan under the "one country, two systems" model.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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