Taiwan president seeks closer China ties

November 3, 2014 8:27 AM

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Despite student protests and signs of an increasingly hardline stance from Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying Jeou still believes his policy of deepening ties with the authoritarian government in Beijing has been right for Taiwan.

During Ma's six years in office, Taiwan has signed 21 agreements with the People's Republic, including an end to a 60-year ban on direct flights between Taiwan and the mainland, and an increase in the number of tourists and exchange students between the two countries.

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