Mainland China official makes first visit to Taiwan

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Cross-strait relations may take on a new form, as the Chinese mainland has sent its Taiwan affairs chief to Taiwan. CCTV’s Jie Bai reports on the first visit of its kind.

“My flight from Beijing to Taipei took me less than three hours. But it took us 65 years to make that flight possible,” Zhang said during his meeting with the head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council Wang Yu-chi. As the first Taiwan affairs chief from the Chinese mainland to visit Taiwan in 65 years, Zhang Zhijun will devote three out of the four days to speak with the people of Taiwan. His visit comes months after student protests called for a halt to the ratification of a two-way service trade liberalization pact between the two nations.

Both Zhang and Wang agree that both sides need to work together to address the differences and challenges in cross-strait relations.

Mainland China official makes first visit to Taiwan

Mainland China official makes first visit to Taiwan

Cross-strait relations may take on a new form, as the Chinese mainland has sent its Taiwan affairs chief to Taiwan. CCTV's Jie Bai reports on the first visit of its kind.

For more reaction from Taiwan on this historic visit, Andy Lee joined CCTV’s Mike Walter from Taipei.

Andy Lee on major step for cross-strait relations

Andy Lee on major step for cross-strait relations

For the Taiwanese reaction on the historic visit of the Chinese Taiwan Affairs Chief to Taiwan, Andy Lee joined CCTV's Mike Walter from Taipei.

CCTV’s Li Qiuyuan reported from Beijing on the reaction from the other side of the strait.

Cross-strait talks to improve mutual understanding

Cross-strait talks to improve mutual understanding

CCTV's Li Qiuyuan reports from Beijing on the reaction to the Chinese Taiwan Affairs Chief's visit to Taiwan.