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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s opposition chief expressed shared concern about souring relations between the two sides in the wake of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party’s rise to power on the island.

The encounter between Xi and Kuomintang Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu represented the first high-level exchange since the DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen assumed the presidency in May and replaced the more China-friendly KMT. Xi hasn’t yet met Tsai, whose party was founded on the principle of independence from China, and continues to voice skepticism about closer ties.

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