She had a bold request to make – that Beijing loan her museum 37 artifacts from the Qing dynasty period so that the Taipei museum could for the first time exhibit all the belongings of the Yongzheng emperor, a despot who died nearly 300 years ago.
After six decades of stalemate, the willingness of the Beijing museum to loan its treasures to Taipei reflects how far and how fast relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have warmed in the 16 months since Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou assumed office and declared his intent to seek better ties with the Mainland.
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