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Mainland official: Direct links to bring mainland, Taiwan compatriots closer
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16:05, December 17, 2008

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Direct air and sea shipping and postal services between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan would bring people on both sides of the strait closer, a mainland spokesman said Wednesday.

Direct routes would not only bring about direct economic benefits, but make cross-Strait interaction easier, State Council Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Li Weiyi said during a press conference.

Cross-strait direct air and sea shipping and postal services began Monday amid warming ties, ending a 59-year ban on such direct routes.

Formerly, air and sea shipping and mail had to detour through Hong Kong.

The "three direct links" came after the two sides signed a series of landmark agreements last month in Taipei.

Source: Xinhua

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