The Christian Science Monitor does a pretty good job of discussing Taiwan in this article about Beijing’s new influence on Taiwan politics through the pro-China parties.

Officials close to Chen say that the substance of meetings held in Beijing by their political rivals have been kept secret, and in many cases the identities of Chinese they met have not been disclosed.

“We asked for the official transcripts of the meetings, but we got no reply,” stated Joseph Wu, head of Taiwan’s mainland affairs council. “We debated whether our laws on treason apply in this case. But we decided charges would bring harm and greater chaos. We are a democracy so it is best we act like one.”

Nelson Ku, a retired Navy admiral and senior People First Party legislator who went to Beijing, said that he had communicated the substance of his meetings through reporters in Taipei. But he would not be willing to brief the government on his meetings.

“I’m sorry, we can’t share this with Chen Shui-bian. We don’t trust him,” Admiral Ku said, a point that observers say leaves the Taiwan opposition flirting with a nation pointing missiles at it, and unwilling to work with its own elected president.

Joseph Wu argues such distrust is common, and reveals a confusion about matters of loyalty to Taiwan among opposition figures: “They will fly 2,000 miles to Beijing and meet China’s leaders. But they won’t walk 200 meters to the president’s office in Taipei to tell us what they talked about.”

Some good stuff in this article.