China, Taiwan Agree To Exchanges During Historic Talks

From AFP:

China and Taiwan agreed on Thursday to set up their first ever offices on each others’ territories, as they began historic talks aimed at consolidating a dramatic rapprochement and building trade ties.

Both sides said the restart of the dialogue, which China suspended a decade ago as relations between the long-time rivals plummeted, would be able to serve as a platform for further improving ties.

“As long as we have mutual trust and understanding… these talks are going to become an important communication mechanism for cross-strait development,” chief Chinese envoy Chen Yunlin said.

The talks got off to a positive start, with the two semi-official bodies involved in the negotiations agreeing to establish bureaus on each others’ territories and Chen accepting an invitation to visit Taiwan this year.

Read also US welcomes China-Taiwan talks from AFP, TIMELINE: Milestones in China-Taiwan relations since 1949 from Reuters.

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