Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has met China's senior envoy to the island in the highest level contact since 1949.
The meeting was brought forward five hours to avoid continuing protests by Taiwanese pro-independence groups.
Mr Ma defended his agreements with Beijing, saying they did not damage Taiwan's sovereignty.
The Chinese envoy, Chen Yunlin, has signed economic agreements with Taiwan but has also been trapped in a hotel by Taiwan pro-independence protesters.
Mr Chen's meeting with Mr Ma at a government guest house lasted just five minutes and involved the exchange of gifts - a vase from Mr Ma and a large scroll painting of a horse from Mr Chen.