China rejects talks with Taiwan
From AP, via USA Today:
China reacted coolly to an invitation Tuesday by Taiwan’s leader for President Hu Jintao to visit the island, rejecting any official contact until the Taiwanese ruling party drops a clause in its constitution calling for formal independence.
The lukewarm response came hours after Beijing offered a pair of giant pandas to the people of Taiwan plus concessions on fruit imports and tourism as Taiwan’s opposition leader capped a groundbreaking visit to the mainland.
See also “Beijing offers tariffs cut, pandas as KMT ends visit” from China Daily and “China chills hope of talks with Chen” from the IHT.