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China, Taiwan Establish Hotline as Ties Improve

China and Taiwan have officially set up a hotline that serves as an emergency tension-reducing mechanism, the latest effort to increase political dialogue between the two neighbors. The hotline became operational Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office, who added officials from both sides have already used the direct telephone setup to speak to each other. "Just now, the director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Zhijun, has talked over the...

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