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Taiwan also wants to increase the number of Chinese tourists allowed to visit the island.

Mr. Wu had to fly into mainland China via Hong Kong because of the long-standing absence of direct air links across the Taiwan Strait.

Any talk of eventual unification will be off the agenda. The new Taiwanese government has promised to seek economic engagement with China and to end nearly six decades of hostility.

Polls show that most Taiwanese reject unification, fearing it would deprive them of their democratic freedoms and compromise their economic prosperity, but most also reject any moves toward formal independence.