Split 20ft painting to be reunited

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The Independent Online

Two pieces of a torn 660-year-old painting held by Taiwan and China will be reunited for the first time in centuries at an exhibition at Taiwan's national museum, in a sign of warming ties between the rivals.

The main part of "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains", by Chinese landscape painter Huang Gongwang, has been stored in Taipei's Palace Museum since 1949, when the two sides split during a civil war. The other part of the 20-foot-long painting will be shipped from a museum in China's Zhejiang province. The 40-day exhibition is seen as a show of support by China for Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou.

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