Many islanders, even those who favor closer ties, seem to be uneasy at the mainland's 'Big Brother' status in the cross-Straits relationship.
A senior Beijing negotiator said on Monday an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation across the Taiwan Straits will not be signed tomorrow as expected due to "technical reasons."
Despite a fruitful beginning to build economic ties across the Straits, the rhetoric of Beijing and Taipei officials indicated there is a long way to go before political discussions to end hostility commence.
The local media have given wide coverage to the cross-Straits high-level trade talks in this central city of Taiwan.
Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan was $94.35 billion between January and November.
Chen Yunlin, president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), will meet Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), for the fourth round of talks Dec 21-25 in the city of Taichung.
The ARATS delegation would also tour Taichung City, the surrounding area and the Sun Moon Lake, and leave the island on December 25.