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Press hails landmark Taiwan visit

Chen Yunlin (R) shakes hands with his Taiwanese counterpart Chiang Pin-kung (L)
The press see this meeting as a significant moment
Commentators in the Chinese and Hong Kong press view the visit to Taipei of China's top official Chen Yunlin as a significant step forward for cross-strait relations and China's image in the world.

Taipei and Hong Kong papers wonder how the Chinese representative will address the Taiwanese leader. An earlier report had suggested he would not use the title of "president". Two Hong Kong papers urge him to be "magnanimous" in his choice of language.

Some pro-independence sections of the Taiwanese press condemn the visit, seeing it as a betrayal of their cause. However other Taiwanese commentators urge pragmatism, with one paper saying independence is not likely to happen soon.

CHINA'S CHINA DAILY

Chen's trip to Taiwan on behalf of the mainland for talks on cross-straits affairs is of guiding significance and represents another milestone in the history of the development of cross-straits relations.

CHINA'S XIN JING BAO

Cross-strait relations have had a substantive breakthrough... The improvement of cross-strait relations is a good dispeller of the so-called "China threat", and also a vivid display of China's national image as a responsible power.

TAIWAN'S TAIPEI TIMES

The key question is whether Chen respects the feelings of Taiwanese and whether he will address Ma [Ying-jeou] as "president".

TAIWAN'S CHINA TIMES

Return as far as possible to the real axis of the Chiang-Chen talks and do not let a number of side issues blur the overall focus. For example, the issue of Ma and Chen's mutual "titles".

HONG KONG'S APPLE DAILY

If Ma Ying-jeou is not addressed by Chen Yunlin with the equivalent title of "President Ma", this may disappoint mainstream public opinion in Taiwan... Beijing should have the magnanimity to genuinely respect popular sentiments in Taiwan.

HONG KONG'S MING PAO

What Chen Yunlin should do first is to recognise and accept the historical reality that the two sides of the strait have been divided for nearly 60 years. His words and actions must also be extremely cautious and show the spirit of equality and mutual benefit in all respects. He must make the people of Taiwan feel "respected".

TAIWAN'S LIBERTY TIMES

Under the Ma government's arrangements, the Chiang-Chen meeting seems to have become a Kuomintang-CCP meeting in disguise, or even worse, a surrender ceremony to welcome the envoy of a suzerain state to Taiwan to sign a surrender treaty.

TAIWAN'S APPLE DAILY

Realism is Taiwan's only effective viewpoint, and we must face up to the reality of China's existence and influence... Taiwan independence will be impossible to achieve for some time, and this cruel reality should be faced bravely.

HONG KONG'S SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

Unification is not going to come any time soon; attaining this necessary goal is guaranteed to take considerable time. No matter how lengthy the process is, though, every effort has to be made on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to make it as smooth as possible.

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