By Joseph Yeh, The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) yesterday confirmed that the brother-in-law of Xi Jinping, China’s vice president who has been viewed as the anointed successor to President Hu Jintao, is currently living in Taiwan’s southern county Chiayi and Xi’s wife had once visited the country 14 years ago. “We have got hold of the information that Xi’s brother-in-law is currently living in Taiwan,” said NSB Director Tsai Der-sheng yesterday during a legislative session. However, Tsai did not disclose further details about the whereabouts of Xi’s brother-in-law and why is he living in Taiwan. Tsai also noted that Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, a renowned singer who enjoys great popularity in China, had once visited Taiwan for eight days in 1997 during a cross-strait cultural event.
The 57-year-old Xi, Chinese Communist party’s sixth-ranking leader, is widely regarded as the successor to Hu, who is expected to step down as party chief in 2012 and as president the next year. Asked by lawmakers to comment on the future Chinese leader, Tsai said Xi is believed to be a person who knows very well about Taiwan because he had close contact with Taiwanese businessmen in Fujian, Shanghai, and Zhejiang areas previously. “However, knowing Taiwan well is one thing and becoming friendly with Taiwan is another,” Tsai added. The NSB head said that like most Chinese high-ranking leaders, Xi also takes a strong stance toward sovereignty issues. “All Chinese leaders are nationalists when talking about Taiwan issue,” he added. After Xi takes the helm as leader in China, he would most likely use a mode of group decision making toward Taiwan instead of the old fashioned one-man decision making, said Tsai. Warning to Unification Campaign
Meanwhile, Tsai made a warning yesterday during a meeting with lawmakers that China is launching a unification campaign with Taiwan in the form of sending business groups to the nation. A total number of 62 Chinese visiting groups have been sent to Taiwan since August, 2008. The groups had signed more than US$1.62 billion worth of letters of intent with Taiwanese business, Tsai noted. However, Tsai warned that these business activities could be politically driven and what Beijing really wants is to conduct a unification campaign with Taiwan through these economic activities. Tsai said he had made reports to President Ma Ying-jeou regarding the possible political campaign. Missile Buildup to 1,410 in total Tsai also confirmed yesterday that the latest number of ballistic missiles that China deployed along its coastal provinces aimed at the other side of the Taiwan Strait has climbed to 1,410.
Opposition DPP Lee Chun-yee said the growing numbers show that China is still a major threat to Taiwan and people should be aware of the point.
These missiles include Dong Feng 11 and Dong Feng 15 short-range ballistic missiles and nearly 200 cruise missiles, according to MND estimates.