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China 'may remove Taiwan missiles'

China's Premier Wen Jiabao has said that as peace progresses across the Taiwan Strait, the mainland may eventually dismantle its hundreds of missiles aimed at the self-rule island.

In an interview with Taiwanese media in New York, Mr Wen said following progress on their economic ties, political relations between the two sides have reached the most promising point in decades.

He said he believes the removal of the missiles "will eventually be realised".

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has made the removal of China's estimated 1,500 missiles aimed at Taiwan a condition for improving political relations.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, but relations have warmed over the past two years under Mr Ma's rapprochement efforts.

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