Signalling improved relations between China and Taiwan, China opened its new office in Taiwan, hoping to boost tourism. China's quasi-official Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association formally launched its Taipei office -- reportedly it’s largest outside the mainland -- at a gala dinner at the capital's Grand Hotel.
This event happened three days after Taipei opened its new office in Beijing, being the first swap of its kind since the split of the two countries in 1949. Since 2008 and ever since Ma Ying-jeou came into power, there has been over 1 million tourists to Taiwan.
"This is a key development and milestone in exchanges across the Taiwan Strait," Shao Qiwei, the head of the China National Tourism Administration, said at the opening ceremony.
China opens first office in Taiwan [AFP, 8 May 2010]
Taiwan opens first office in China to promote tourism [BBC, 4 May 2010]