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Taiwan official urges stable China ties on historic visit

Published on Feb 12, 2014 2:58 PM
Taiwanese official Wang Yu-chi (centre), who is in charge of the island's China policy, arrives at the Purple Mountain Guest House on Feb 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NANJING (AFP) - A Taiwan official visiting China on Wednesday urged more efforts to build stable relations, a day after the two sides held their first government-to-government talks since splitting 65 years ago.

Taiwan's top official overseeing China policy, Mr Wang Yu-chi, visited the tomb of revolutionary leader Sun Yat Sen in the eastern city of Nanjing and paid tribute to the man revered by both sides.

"In future, the most important issue is that both sides of the (Taiwan) strait should face reality, pragmatically confront and solve problems so as to build long-term, stable cross-strait relations," Mr Wang said after climbing up and down the hill with Sun's mausoleum.

Sun is widely recognised as the father of the Chinese revolution that established a republic early last century after thousands of years of dynastic rule. He was also the leader of the Kuomintang party which now governs Taiwan.

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