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7/5/2009-- On this front line of the standoff between China and Taiwan, Cold War tensions are being trumped by the Chinese crested tern.

Taiwan has cut back its annual military exercises on the islands of Matsu, just off the mainland Chinese coast, to give the birds some peace during their breeding season.

It's just one of many vivid signs that
China and Taiwanhave found a peace of sorts after decades of angry confrontation. Another indication is the tourists from Taiwan and China who pour into Matsu and discover that despite 60 years of separation and lots of mutually hostile propaganda, they get along fine.
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