China and Taiwan Closer Than Ever

      November 05, 2008 10:37

      The distance between mainland China and Taiwan has become closer than ever, ironically since the two decided to go separate ways 59 years ago.

      Chen Yunlin, chairman of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, and Chiang Pin-kung, the chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation, met in Taipei on Tuesday and agreed to open three channels -- commerce, post and port -- between China and Taiwan.

      This signifies that the two countries are opening and expanding logistic, economic and personnel exchanges. The Chinese media praised the breakthrough as a "historical progress toward one united China." However, it remains to be seen whether this will pave the way for a thawing of their long-standing political and military standoff.

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