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Taiwan and China signed a range of deals on Tuesday that are aimed at bringing the two sides closer economically, after almost 60 years of hostilities that often took them to the brink of war.

Yesterday, reports from Taiwan were focused on the history of political differences between China and Taiwan. As I suspected, the real story is that both countries are looking for economic stimulus–more tourism in both directions, direct shipping, more flights–all aimed at reducing the costs of trade between them.

At least this once, it looks like the opportunities and gains of free trade are overwheming an old political dispute. Being nice can have its rewards.

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One Comment

  1. Well that’s a relief.
    China and Taiwan have been going at it for so long; it’s nice to see that they’re starting to compromise on more issues. Hopefully this’ll progress even further and help make relations with one another a less controversial subject.


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