The visit to mainland China by a delegation of Taiwan's main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), has been received enthusiastically by newspapers in the region.
The mainland press and pro-Beijing papers in Hong Kong see the visit as a promising development in cross-Strait relations. It comes amid tension generated by a new Chinese law permitting the use of force against Taiwan if it moves to declare full independence.
But one Hong Kong pro-Beijing daily challenges Taiwan's governing party to follow the Kuomintang lead in seeking rapprochement.
A headline in Beijing's official China Daily proclaims: "KMT trip to benefit cross-Straits relations"
The commentary describes the visit as "historic", and goes on to "hope the trip will become one reconciliation to help ease recent tensions in cross-straits relations".
An editorial in Beijing's Xin Jing Bao believes the visit "highlights the common roots and common feelings of people on both sides of the Strait".
Hong Kong's pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po seeks to stress the differences between the Kuomintang and Taiwan's ruling party, in an editorial headlined "Kuomintang breaks the ice, how about the Democratic Progressive Party[DPP]?"
It accuses the DPP of "deliberately misleading" the Taiwanese people over the anti-secession law, "and attempting to create new tension and opposition at a sensitive time".
And it praises the Kuomintang for bringing "a message of practical communication" which it believes will have "positive significance for promoting the development of cross-Strait relations".
For another Beijing-backed daily in Hong Kong, Ta Kung Pao, the visit is in line with public opinion in Taiwan. It says 85 per cent of respondents to a recent public opinion poll hoped for cross-Strait reconciliation.
"The Kuomintang has seen the tide of public opinion, and has taken a step which conforms to this trend. This is a show of wisdom and courage by the party. We wish them a successful visit!"
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