China,Taiwan Agree on Cross-Strait Flights

First talks in almost ten years reflect rapidly warming relations
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2008 4:41 AM CDT
Taiwan's Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the quasi-governmental Straits Exchange Foundation, center listens to a guide during a visit to a Beijing Olympic venue.   (AP Photo/Frederic J. Brown, Pool)
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(Newser) – The first talks between China and Taiwan in almost a decade have yielded a historic travel agreement, reports Reuters. Regular flights between the two will begin next month for the first time since the Communists won China's civil war in 1949. Relations between the rivals—still officially at war—have thawed rapidly since Taiwan voted in a more China-friendly president in March.