Beijing et Taipei, representing the Chinese communist and Nationalist parties respectively, have engaged in their first negotiations since their historical split, in 1949.

Each party considers itself historically as the sole ruler of the whole of China.

However, during the Cold War, Taiwan became in practice a branch of the CIA to monitor Communist China.

The two delegations meeting in Nanjing (the former Nationalist capital, today on Communist territory) have agreed to open without delay "permanent representations" one after the other. These representations would be qualified as "embassies" if the two states acknowledged their separation and mutually recognized each other.

These discussions reward the efforts of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012). They represent a serious setback for his "protector": Washington.

Alizée Ville