China, Taiwan agree to restart official dialogue

Political rivals China and Taiwan have agreed to restart official dialogue after a gap of nearly a decade, Taiwan Vice President-elect Vincent Siew said on Monday.

China, Taiwan agree to restart official dialogue
Political rivals China and Taiwan have agreed to restart official dialogue after a gap of nearly a decade, Taiwan Vice President-elect Vincent Siew said on Monday as relations thaw under a new more China-friendly administration.

Siew held a historic meeting with China President Hu Jintao during an economic forum in China over the weekend, where the two agreed to restart an official dialogue that has been frozen since 1999, Siew told reporters after his return.

"There's a lot of ice here, so we don't want to melt it all at once and turn it into a flood," Siew said. "We need time, wisdom and will power to accumulate good will and mutual trust."

China has claimed self-ruled Taiwan as its territory since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949 and pledged to bring the island under its rule, by force if necessary.

Siew said it was too early to comment on a timetable for talks.
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