Beijing’s freeze on contact with Taipei fuels concerns about the risk of military conflict

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When Chinese authorities detained a Taiwanese citizen in China in August for an alleged violation of security laws, officials in Taipei sent concerned messages to Beijing asking for details.

The messages went unanswered, as do many of the texts and faxes that the Taiwan Council of Mainland Affairs has sent to the Beijing Bureau of Taiwanese Affairs over the past six years, according to a Taipei-based person familiar with Taiwan’s China policy. government. “They ignored us,” said the person.