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  • China and Taiwan are gearing up for their first government-to-government meeting since

  • their split in 1949. During the historic meeting,... ... the two

  • sides are expected to renew their political and economic ties.

  • Kim Ji-yeon reports. China and Taiwan are about to begin their highest-level talks in

  • more than six decades. Zhang Zhijun , the head of China's Taiwan

  • Affairs Office, and his Taiwanese counterpart, Wang Yu-Chi , are to meet in China's eastern

  • city of Nanjing on Tuesday afternoon. The two sides are likely to discuss ways to

  • pursue economic reconciliation... and Beijing may push for passage of a stalled free trade

  • agreement with Taiwan. Many expect the meeting could become the basis

  • for a future summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou,...

  • possibly around the time of this year's APEC summit in Beijing in October.

  • China and Taiwan split at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

  • China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has said repeatedly that it will reclaim

  • the island,... while Taiwan wants to be seen as an independent country, though it claims

  • the same territory as China. The conflict has created a decades-long military

  • standoff between the U.S. and China, as the U.S. is committed to defending the democracy-based

  • Taipei against communist Beijing. Ties between China and Taiwan improved radically...

  • after Taiwan's pro-Beijing President Ma Ying-jeou was elected in 2008.

  • Since then, tourists from mainland China have boosted Taiwan's economy and Taiwanese technology

  • firms have expanded in the mainland, their investments worth billions of dollars.

  • But there is also speculation that the friendly terms will not last... since President Ma

  • and his pro-Beijing policy is deeply unpopular among the Taiwanese people.

  • Analysts say Ma's Kuomintang party is likely to lose local elections slated for later in

  • the year. Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.

China and Taiwan are gearing up for their first government-to-government meeting since

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