TAIWAN: An Inauspicious Beginning

Disgruntlement and protest over derecognition

At first, the 17 million citizens of Taiwan responded with restraint to the stunning news of Washington's decision to sever diplomatic relations with Taipei and establish full ties with Peking. But with the approach of Jan. 1, the date that U.S. recognition of the People's Republic would be formally declared, reserve gave way to rage. Last week those feelings exploded in an outbreak of violence.

The trouble began when U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher and ten aides arrived at Taipei's Sung-Shan airport to discuss an inflammatory question: How to switch from official to unofficial relations...

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