Xi Jinping to Meet with Taiwan Leader Ma Ying-jeou to Discuss Cross-Strait Issues
Xi Jinping the general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee is scheduled to meet with Taiwan’s leader Ma Ying-jeou to discuss cross-Straits issues. A Chinese mainland Taiwan affair official said that this would be the first meeting of its kind from both sides since the Chinese civil war. Both Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou will be addressing each other as Mr. and will be having dinner after the meeting in Singapore. There they will exchange views on promoting a peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.
The Taiwan Affairs Office in China said that the mainland’s attitude towards the meeting between both leaders of the Taiwan Straits is positive and consistent. Any news coming from the meeting will be issued to the public in a timely manner. Relevant departments in both sides decided that through consultation that the meeting will be done in the name of the leaders of the mainland and Taiwan, adding that is a pragmatic arrangement in accordance with the one China principle as the cross Straits political difference has not been resolved.
Xi will then visit Vietnam and Singapore coming ahead of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community. Xi’s Singapore trip is scheduled after his state visit to Vietnam, where he will meet with Singapore’s president Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Xi will then attend the signing ceremonies of the cooperation pacts on education, technology, finance and urban governance.