Q&A on landmark China-Taiwan summit

A protest sign translating as 'Stop the Ma-Xi meeting!' is displayed at the entrance of Parliament in Taipei, on November 4, 2015The summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday is the first meeting between leaders from the two sides since their 1949 split after a bloody civil war. A: The estrangement that began in 1949 when the Communist army forced China’s Nationalist government to retreat to Taiwan remains one of the world’s last Cold War-era political divides. The divorce split families, led to decades of tension and periodic fire across the Taiwan Strait, and left a wound in the Chinese psyche that both sides have yearned to heal for decades.

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