Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with his Taiwan counterpart Ma Ying-jeou before the start of the first cross-Taiwan Strait summit since a civil war divided the two sides in 1949. Photo: Kyodo
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with his Taiwan counterpart Ma Ying-jeou before the start of the first cross-Taiwan Strait summit since a civil war divided the two sides in 1949. Photo: Kyodo

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with his Taiwan counterpart Ma Ying-jeou before the start of the first cross-Taiwan Strait summit since a civil war divided the two sides in 1949. Photo: Kyodo
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with his Taiwan counterpart Ma Ying-jeou before the start of the first cross-Taiwan Strait summit since a civil war divided the two sides in 1949. Photo: Kyodo
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