In the latest step towards strenghtening relations, Chinaand Taiwan are preparing to establish tourism offices on each other's soil for the first time in May. Situated amidst increasingly amiable relations, this move comes after statistics revealed that Taiwan has become more popular among Chinese tourists. This is also especially significant with the tourism headquarters being the first semi-official representative offices to be set up by the two sides since their split in 1949 at the end of a civil war.
Ties between the two sides have improved distinctly since President Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power in 2008, pledging to stimulate trade links and encouraging the influx of Chinese tourists.
Cross-strait ties are set to deepen even further as Shanghai's Mayor Han Zheng prepares to visit Taiwan for the first time this week, accompanied by about 70 representatives from the mainland to promote the Shanghai World Expo.
China and Taiwan Boost Cross-Strait Tourism [AFP, 12 Apr 2010]
Cross-strait Ties Set to Deepen Further with Shanghai Mayor's Visit [ChannelNewsAsia, 6 Apr 2010]