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(From China Post)
Taiwan said it was optimistic about striking a deal with China today on landmark direct flights over the Chinese New Year holiday period, seeing the move as a precursor to better ties between the political arch-rivals.
The one-off, non-stop charters would be the first direct flights between China and Taiwan since 1949, and could be a step towards ending a decades-old ban on direct air links.
"The talks will be a crucial step to genuine interaction between the two sides," Chiu Tai-san, vice chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), told a news conference yesterday.
"Both sides have the willingness and consensus to push through the charter flights," he said, noting …