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China, Taiwan Governments Start ‘New Chapter’ at First Meeting

China and Taiwan agreed to set up a communication mechanism after historic talks in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing yesterday, the first formal contact between the governments in 65 years.

Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan’s minister of mainland affairs, hailed the meeting as the start of a “new chapter” in relations between two sides that have never formally recognized each other after establishing rival governments in 1949 following a civil war. Both sides met with equal standing and showed mutual respect, he said.