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.

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