Tuesday, October 14, 2003
I completely agree with you that this is an old story. Nonetheless, it is interesting to speculate on why the central government chooses this moment to raise the issue again. This is something I would've expected to occur under Zhu Rongji, not Wen Jiabao. Also, given the political tension between Jiang's people and Hu Jintao these days, one would think that both sides need as much provincial support as possible and would be less likely to embark on the quest to harm local interests. From the article, it seems the negotiations are still at a pretty preliminary stage, so we will see if anything actually happens.