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