China and Taiwanto hold landmark high-level talks每日电讯报：大陆台湾将举行具有历史意义的高层谈话http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10629899/PIC-AND-PUB-PLS-China-and-Taiwan-to-hold-landmark-high-level-talks-ch.html
China and Taiwanwilltoday hold their highest-level talks since their acrimonious split 65 yearsago - a symbolic yet historic move that marks the first official contactbetween the former bitter rivals.
The Taiwanese government's Wang Yu-chi, whooversees the island's Chinapolicy, will meet his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun for talks set to lastuntil February 14.
That year, two million supporters of thenationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan - officially known asRepublic of China - after losing the civil war to Mao Zedong's Communists.
While no official agenda has been releasedfor the talks - widely seen as a symbolic, confidence-building exercise - Taiwan's Wanglast month said they had "crucial implications for further institutionalisation of ties between the two sides".
Taiwan is likely to focus on reaping practical outcomes from the talks,such as securing economic benefits or security assurances, while China has oneeye on long-term integration of the island, analysts say.
Beijing views Taiwanas a rebel region awaiting reunification with the mainland, and has repeatedlyrefused to renounce the possibility of using force to take back the island ifnecessary.