By  on December 24, 2008

TAIPEI ­— Taiwan and China have taken a great leap forward by inaugurating regularly scheduled passenger flights, mail and shipping links between their shores, ending a 60-year ban on formal direct links begun when Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek retreated with his army to Taiwan after the fall of China to the communists in 1949.

In recent decades, Taiwan has kept the ban on the “three links” in place, while turning a blind eye to investment by Taiwan companies in China. Many of China’s textile giants were founded by Taiwan businessmen who went there seeking low-cost labor as their home workforce became middle class.

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