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Historic China-Taiwan talks this week start long road to closer ties

Published on Feb 9, 2014 1:21 PM
 
Mr Wang Yu-chi, Minister of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks during a press conference in Taipei on Jan 28, 2014. 2014. China and Taiwan are gearing up for their first government-to-government meeting in more than six decades on Feb 11, 2014 -- but analysts say renewed political ties between the former bitter rivals may still be a long way off. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

TAIPEI (AFP) - China and Taiwan are gearing up for their first government-to-government meeting in more than six decades on Tuesday - but analysts say renewed political ties between the former bitter rivals may still be a long way off.

The Taiwanese government's Wang Yu-chi, who oversees the island's China policy, is scheduled to fly to the mainland on Feb 11 to meet his counterpart Zhang Zhijun, China's Taiwan Affairs Office chief, for talks set to last until Feb 14.

The meeting in Nanjing, in China's eastern Jiangsu province, is the fruit of years of efforts to normalise relations and marks the first official contact between sitting governments since the pair's acrimonious split in 1949.

That year, two million supporters of the nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan - officially known as Republic of China - after losing a civil war to Mao Zedong's Communists.

 
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