Taiwan, Chinese presidents to meet for first time since ’49
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Taiwan, Chinese presidents to meet for first time since ’49

BEIJING (AP) — China has confirmed President Xi Jinping will meet Saturday with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in a historic first culminating nearly eight years of quickly improved relations between the two sides.

The Chinese Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office made the announcement Wednesday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Taiwan had made the announcement earlier Wednesday.

Presidents of the two sides have not met since Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists lost the Chinese civil war to Mao Zedong’s Communists in the 1940s, and the Nationalists rebased in Taiwan 160 kilometers (100 miles) away. The two sides have been separately ruled since then.