President Hu Jintao of China hosted the leader of Taiwan’s governing party in Beijing on Tuesday, as both sides promised closer economic ties and a continued thaw in relations between the rivals.
China promoted the visit as a step toward more investment in Taiwan’s technology sector, while Taiwanese officials said they hoped to benefit from an influx of mainland Chinese tourists.
The two sides have not begun to address the political future of Taiwan, a self-governing island that mainland China claims as sovereign territory. China maintains missile deployments that Taiwan says are aimed at bullying it into compliance with Beijing’s wishes.
But since the Kuomintang’s victory in presidential elections last year, replacing the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwanese and mainland officials have worked to show some concrete results.