It began with the gift of a pair of pandas. Direct air and sea routes followed. Then came a commitment to buy up a large volume of Taiwan’s flat screen television production.
Beijing is going to great lengths to forge better ties with its neighbour across the Strait. And the latest move in the Taiwan charm offensive? China will lend some of its Qing Dynasty (1616-1911) antiques to Taipei’s Palace Museum. Either intentionally (or with deliberate irony), the joint exhibition is set to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October. The 29 Qing pieces (from Beijing’s Forbidden City) will be reunited with artefacts that the defeated Nationalists took to Taiwan in 1949, making this a landmark exhibition.
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