The Economist: The leaders of Taiwan and China have agreed to meet for the first time. It is too early to celebrate
"To his credit, Mr Ma has put a strong message across in the past. He has stipulated, for instance, that for Taiwan to contemplate unification, the mainland must first become democratic. That is because the people of Taiwan, who have enjoyed democracy since the KMT gave up its authoritarian rule in the 1990s, will never trust a deal with a one-party dictatorship. Mr Ma has also asked China to stop threatening Taiwan. He is right on this point, too. Even during his own rule, which has been marked by a rapid increase in cross-strait exchanges, including the first regular direct flights and a boom in visits to the island by Chinese tourists, China has been building up its military deployments on its side of the water. It has hundreds of ballistic missiles pointing at the island."