China's Xi congratulates new chairman of Taiwan's ruling party

January 17, 2015 1:11 PM

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China's Xi congratulates new chairman of Taiwan's ruling party

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping on Saturday welcomed the election of Eric Chu as chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang party, the Xinhua news agency reported, which quoted Xi saying he hoped Taiwan-China relations would continue to move forward.

Taiwan and China have been at odds since the end of China's civil war when the Kuomintang fled to the island leaving the Communists running the mainland. But business ties across the Taiwan Straits have increased since China-friendly Ma Ying-jeou took power in 2008.

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