chinese-currency.jpgA historic trade deal between China and Taiwan will ease 60 years of hostility and push their economies closer than ever, the latest sign that Beijing’s strategy of wooing the self-ruled island with carrots instead of sticks is paying off.

At the signing of the deal on Tuesday, negotiators on both sides spoke of a new era in ties across the Taiwan Strait — where the threat of military conflict has lingered since Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949.

(READ more of the AP article at Natl Public Radio)

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