Historic Xi-Ma Summit Advances China's Long Game for Taiwan

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  • Beijing's economic pull over island has grown more powerful
  • Reunification crucial to Xi's vision of the 'Chinese dream'

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou attends the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on April 29, 2015.

Photographer: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

The upcoming summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is historic -- literally. It’s been seven decades since top leaders from both sides, technically still in a state of war, have met in a formal diplomatic encounter.

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