Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to hold surprise talks with his counterpart on neighbouring Taiwan, the first meeting of leaders from the two rivals since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949. The meeting, weeks ahead of Taiwanese elections in January, coincides with rising anti-China sentiment on Taiwan.
The tiny Taiwan-held island of Kinmen, or "Golden Gate”, is the front line between China and Taiwan. Soldiers regularly conduct military drills repelling attacks by Chinese Communist troops from the mainland. Beaches were mined and shots traded up until as recently as the mid-1970s.