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China agrees to export water to Taiwan's Kinmen islands

Published on Feb 19, 2014 9:16 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - China has agreed to supply water to a Taiwan-controlled island group near the mainland in another sign of fast-warming ties between the two sides, officials said on Wednesday.

The fortified Kinmen island group only two kilometres from the mainland was a flashpoint during the Cold War and was heavily shelled by Chinese forces in the late 1950s.

"Regarding the proposal for water imports from the mainland, the two sides have reached a consensus in the meeting," said a brief statement after a meeting in Kinmen between officials from the Taiwan county government and China's coastal Fujian province.

Details of the agreement, which needs final approval from higher authorities on both sides, were not released.

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