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The honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Chinese Nationalist Party met with Chinese leader Hu Jintao in Beijing. The visit is part of an initiative to forge closer ties between the two sides since the re-election of the Nationalist Party in Taiwan in January of this year.
The appointed President of China, Hu Jintao, and the honorary chairman of Taiwan's ruling Chinese Nationalist Party, Wu Poh-hsiung, meet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since Nationalist forces fled the Mainland ahead of the Communist take-over in 1949. Since then, the Communist regime has regarded Taiwan as its territory and a target for unification.
Yet ties have warmed over recent years with an increase in trade, tourism, and the election of relatively "China friendly" president Ma Ying-jeou in 2008. Speeches at the meeting reflect the political rhetoric of forging closer ties.
[Wu Poh-hsiung, Nationalist Party Honorary Chairman (Taiwan)]:
"There have been historical changes in bilateral relations with the efforts of the ruling parties from both sides to seek peace and development. Now is the most peaceful and stable time since the two sides separated over 60 years ago. We must cherish and consolidate the fruit."
Hu echoes this sentiment.
[Hu Jintao, Chinese Leader, Communist Party Chairman]:
"We should continue moving forward along this correct path, constantly consolidating achievements and deepening cooperation, and creating new opportunities to promote peace across the Taiwan Strait and seek benefits our fellow countrymen both sides."
Hu's choice of words sounds peaceful, yet reflect the attitude of the Communist regime that China and Taiwan are one country.