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"New era" in cross-strait ties with start of China-Taiwan landmark meeting

Published on Feb 11, 2014 4:40 PM
Taiwanese official Wang Yu-chi (L) who is in charge of the islands China policy shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun from the Taiwan Affairs office (R) at the start of their meeting in Nanjing on February 11, 2014 . China and Taiwan are holding their first government-to-government meeting in more than six decades but analysts say renewed political ties between the former bitter rivals may still be a long way off. -- PHOTO: AFP

The relationship between China and Taiwan has entered "a new era", the island's top official overseeing mainland affairs declared at the first government-to-government meeting between the two sides.

Mr Wang Yu-chi, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), on Tuesday told his mainland counterpart Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), that simply sitting across the table from each other and formally discussing affairs of mutual interest marks a "historic moment" for cross-strait ties, one "worth recording".

"Before today, it was difficult to imagine that we could have walked to such a stage," Mr Wang said. "My predecessors said that it would have been impossible in the past."

Underscoring Beijing's eagerness to move further along on the road on cross-strait relations, Mr Zhang stressed that the two sides must continue building on today's "hard-earned" propitious event.

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