Jia Qinglin, the Communist Party's fourth-ranked leader, met with Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kung of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang party in the first official dialogue between the two parties since China's civil war split the country in 1949. While the Taiwanese government denounced the visit, analysts say the visit is largely symbolic and marks Beijing's attempt to reach out to Taiwan after it enacted the controversial anti-secession law in early March.
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