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All eyes on Nanjing as historic China-Taiwan talks kick off

Published on Feb 11, 2014 1:54 PM

The first government-to-government meeting between Beijing and Taipei in six decades is due to kick off this afternoon in this historic city, which served as the Chinese capital in the 1920s when Taiwan's Nationalist party ruled most of the mainland.

Mr Wang Yu-chi, head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, and Mr Zhang Zhijun, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, are scheduled to give opening remarks at 2pm before entering closed-door talks at the Nanjing Purple Palace Hotel.

Hundreds of journalists from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore are camped out at the venue for the talks, which is nestled amid the Zhongshan Scenic Area.

Analysts have hailed the meeting as a milestone in cross-strait ties. China and Taiwan split at the end of a civil war in 1949.

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