The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) proposed a peace agreement with Taiwan that would end the half century of conflict between the two areas. Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party, said China was ready to conduct “exchanges, dialogue, consultations, and negotiations with any political party on Taiwan as long as it recognizes that both sides of the Straits belong to one and the same China.” This is the first time China has indicated this desire for open negotiations with Taiwan.
Cynics may decry the offer because it clearly indicates any final resolution will contain a statement or agreement that Taiwan is part of China. However, the willingness to discuss the issue opens possibilities for a multiple array of solutions which ensures Taiwan is part of China, but allows Taiwan considerable freedom to pursue its own policies and maintain its democratic political system. Certainly, this is an opportunity for dialogue and Taiwan must be willing to explore any and all possibilities for resolution of this conflict which contains the seeds of possible war.