National Tourism Bureau officials have urged Chinese and Taiwanese travel agencies to discuss how to operate tourism groups "in a planned, orderly and step-by-step way."
Chinese travel to Taiwan has been the subject of tight controls from both governments since Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan with his forces in 1949 after losing to Mao Zedong's Communists. China has since demanded that Taiwan renounce its de facto independence, causing a long and volatile standoff.
The change in travel rules followed an April visit to China by Lien Chan, chairman of the Nationalist Party once headed by Chiang, and a visit two weeks later by James Soong, head of the island's other main opposition group.
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