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China and Taiwan Hold First Official Talks Since Civil War

Wang Yu-chi, of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (left), greeted Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office,
Wang Yu-chi, of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (left), greeted Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office,Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Representatives of Taiwan and China on Tuesday held their first official talks since the end of China’s civil war in 1949, a meeting expected to produce few concrete results but one that marked a symbolic development in the easing of the two sides’ longtime rivalry.

The setting was a resort hotel in the Chinese city of Nanjing, which was at times the capital of Chiang Kai-shek’s Republic of China before its government fled to Taiwan after being defeated by Mao Zedong’s Communist forces.

“Before today’s meeting, it was hard to imagine that cross-strait relations could get to this point,” said Wang Yu-chi, head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council.

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