China and Taiwan met for the first time formally in 65 years since the country split in 1949. China has never accepted or acknowledged Taiwan as an independent country. According to US intelligence, “The Chinese government keeps around 1,200 missiles pointed at Taiwan” just in case they decide to declare independence. Tensions are high to say the least, and these talks seem to be moving things, if ever so slightly, in the right direction.
There have been talks in the past but China never confirmed these talks as official. They said that they were simply low level officials talking to low level officials. This talk took place between the two highest officials that have ever met since the civil war between the two countries. 80% of Taiwan are strongly against a reunification with China, and it seems like China will accept nothing less. These facts make it difficult to see a happy existence between the two countries, but nonetheless it is nice to see diplomacy where there had previously been none.