Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou , left, and President Xi Jinping had an historic meeting last November, the first such contact between leaders from Taiwan and mainland China in over 60 years. Photo: Reuters

Does Taiwan still matter to mainland China?

Taiwanese played a crucial role in helping the mainland transform itself in the post-reform era, but with over 70,000 Taiwanese companies now operating on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, just how important is the ‘renegade island’ to Beijing?

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Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou , left, and President Xi Jinping had an historic meeting last November, the first such contact between leaders from Taiwan and mainland China in over 60 years. Photo: Reuters
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