Taiwan, China leaders exchange 1st direct messages

By | July 27, 2009

Taiwan, China leaders exchange 1st direct messages

The Taiwanese and Chinese presidents swapped messages Monday, the first such exchange since the two sides split amid civil war 60 years ago.

They did so in their capacity as ruling party leaders, rather than as heads of state, to skirt the disputed issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty.

It was the latest sign in rapidly improving relations between the once bitter enemies. In the 14 months since Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou took power, those ties have morphed from mutual suspicion and antipathy to bilateral expressions of amity and understanding, amid thriving trade and investment.

According to a statement from Ma’s Nationalist Party, Chinese President and Communist Party chief Hu Jintao sent a telegram to the Taiwanese leader congratulating him on his election Sunday as party chairman, and told him he hopes his party can work with the Nationalists in the best interest of both sides.

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