China Tries To Ease Tensions With Taiwan

Chinese official Zhang Zhijun (left), director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, shakes hands with his Taiwanese counterpart Wang Yu-chi, director of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, at a hotel in Taoyuan on June 25, 2014. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

A senior Chinese official is trying to ease China’s tensions with Taiwan. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office director, Zhang Zhijun, is visiting the island amid controversy over a proposed trade pact.

His visit follows protests against the deal back in March. The protests said the deal would increase Taiwan’s dependence on the mainland.

The BBC’s Cindy Sui compares the relationship between China and Taiwan to the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. She discusses the significance of the visit with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Guest

  • Cindy Sui, Taiwan correspondent for the BBC, based in Taipei. She tweets @CindySui2.
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