By Paul Osborne at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing 

President of the Chinese Olympic Committee Liu Peng has met with officials from the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee ©Getty ImagesLiu Peng, President of the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), has met with Lin Hong-Dow, his counterpart at the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC), and other sports officials from Taiwan during the Summer Youth Olympic Games here.

Relations between China and Taiwan, as it is known internationally, have been characterised by limited contact, tensions, and instability.

But since 2008 there has been an effort to normalise relations between the two, with the start of increasing economic relations.

Only yesterday, there was the first successful crossing of the 110-mile Taiwan Straits strip between the two that connects the East and South China Sea by swimmers from China and Taiwan,

Before briefing the guests about the Youth Olympics, Peng welcomed the Chinese Taipei Youth Sports delegation to the Games and wished them success, not only in athletic performance but also in making friends with other young people from the rest of the world.

Lin Hong-Dow expressed his thanks to both the COC and Nanjing 2014 for their support and assistance in helping facilitate Chinese Taipei's participation in the Games.

The two sports leaders also exchanged views on how to strengthen cross-Straits sports exchanges and cooperation, along with other issues of concern.

Taiwan has brought 47 athletes to the Youth Olympic Games and are competing in 15 sports and one demonstration event.

The nation has currently won seven medals, including three gold.

The majority of their medals have come in taekwondo where Yu-Jen Huang and Huai-Hsuan Huang have won a gold medal apiece, to match a silver and bronze earned by Chen-Yu Wan and Zih-Ting Chne respectively.

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