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    Leaders of China and Taiwan Meet for First Time

    It was brief, but historic. Often belligerent toward each other since both were founded in 1949, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China held their first summit yesterday in Singapore. China has always regarded fiercely independent Taiwan as its own, so there were no flags — not even lapel pins — evident when PRC leader Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou shook hands before the closed-door meeting. Ma said the talk was “positive and friendly,” but that may be too much for mainland-wary Taiwanese voters expected to derail his party next year. 

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