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5/6/2010-- AFTER more than six decades, Taiwan has opened a tourism office in Beijing that represents its first official presence in the Chinese capital since the two sides split amid civil war in 1949.

China, according to Agence France Presse (AFP), will also open a counterpart office in Taiwan on Friday as part of reciprocal steps aimed at opening up tourism links between the two.

The opening of the Taiwanese office was greeted with excitement and a flurry of interest from local Beijing media, as costumed dragon dancers posed and confetti was tossed galore.

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