الثلاثاء , يونيو 9 2020

Taiwan leader 'to meet China's Xi'

Anti-landing barricades are seen along a coast in Lieyu in Kinmen county, Taiwan, September 8, 2015. The city across the river is Xiamen, China.Image copyright
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Taiwan is just a ferry-ride away from mainland China

Taiwan says its President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday.

It would be the first meeting between leaders of the two countries.

A Taiwanese spokesman told the BBC the men would discuss relations across the Taiwan Straits. There was no immediate word from China.

China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when the Nationalist government fled to the island after defeat by the Communists.

The Chinese government claims Taiwan as part of its sovereign territory and threatens to counter any move to outright independence by military force.

China-Taiwan relations in 60 seconds

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President Ma leaves office next year after the maximum two terms

Taiwanese spokesman Chen Yi Hsin said President Ma’s aim was “to promote peace cross the Taiwan Strait and maintain status quo”.

“No agreement will be signed, and no statement issued,” he said, adding that Mr Ma would hold a news conference on Thursday to explain his decision.

Relations with China have warmed under Ma Ying-jeou, who leaves office next year.

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