01 May '11, 8am

China rescue ship makes historic Taiwan visit - Channel NewsAsia

TAIPEI: A Chinese official rescue ship has arrived in Taiwan, making it the first government-owned vessel of its kind to visit the island in more than 60 years, an official said on Sunday. In the latest sign of warming ties between Taiwan and its former bitter rival China, the 5,000-tonne Dong Hai Jiu 113 sailed from China's southeastern Fujian province to the island's central Taichung harbour Saturday. "The port call is expected to further understanding between Taiwan and the mainland," said Ying Liu-sheng, secretary-general to the Chinese Search and Rescue Association, a Taipei-based civil body and the host of the trip. Closer cooperation is needed as maritime accidents have been on the rise due to increasing traffic across the Taiwan Strait, he told AFP. The ship -- the first Chinese search-and-rescue vessel to come to Taiwan's shores in decades -- will also visit the i...

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