China and Taiwan hold first major talks since 1949

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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The People’s Republic of China (purple) territories and the Republic of China (Taiwan) (orange).

After decades of not talking to one another, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan’s Republic of China held historic high-level talks on Tuesday.

Back in 1927, the Chinese Civil War broke out between the Kuomintang (KMT) government of China and the Communist Party of China (CPC). It wasn’t until October of 1949 that the CPC captured Beijing and declared victory, establishing the city as the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Although major fighting stopped in 1950, the losing side formed their own Republic of China in Taiwan, still claiming to this day that they’re the legal government of China.

Even though the more powerful China considers Taiwan part of its territory, it hasn’t invaded because the US has promised to defend Taiwan if that ever happened. So, there’s been an uneasy peace for a long time. While these new government talks offer a hopeful sign for better relations, it’ll still take baby steps to make any major progress.

Image of territories courtesy of Nat on Wikipedia.