The mainland China and Taiwan agreed to set up a hotline between the chiefs of cross-Strait affairs from both sides during the historic meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou last month in Singapore.

The phone line was formally inaugurated by the chiefs of cross-Strait affairs from both sides as both the countries initiated several measures in recent years including meeting between top leaders.

The conversation took place between China's office's director Zhang Zhijun and Taiwan's mainland affairs Chief Andrew Hsia, state-run news agency reported.

During the conversation, both sides affirmed the achievements made in the past year in promoting the development of cross-Strait relations while upholding the 1992 Consensus, Ma Xiaoguang, the Chinese official in-charge of the Taiwan Affairs, told media here today.

It is the first such link between the two estranged nations since Taipei broke away from the mainland China in 1949.

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