Leaders of China and Taiwan meet after 66 years

Presidents of China and Taiwan come together in historic meeting in Signapore which was first meeting of two rival countries since 1949

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President of China Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou seen together in meeting at Signapore

Updated Nov 8, 2015

President of China Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou came together on Saturday in a historic meeting at Signapore, which was the first meeting of two rival countries since 1949 right after the end of the Chinese Civil War.

Both leaders addressed the historic gathering as a sign of new stable relations.

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Friday that talks would focus on relations across the Taiwan Straits.

Xi told his Taiwanese counterpart that “Nothing can separate us.” “We are one family," while shaking hands. 

“We are brothers who are still connected by our flesh even if our bones are broken” .”We follow different political systems but we have developed military and economic cooperation,” Xi added.

Research fellow Chiang Min Hua said to TRT World that the meeting will not cover any subjects regarding the recognition of Taiwan and that the ultimate goal is to reach reunification with China.

Elections in Taiwan are very near and there are major differences between the two parties. Researcher Hua stated that the meeting will not have any effect on elections in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Tsai Ing-wen, who is head of the Democratic Progressive Party said on Saturday that she was disappointed over PM Ma Ying-jeou not addressing the topic of protecting the democracy and freedom of Taiwan during the meeting.

"After watching the Ma-Xi meeting, I believe most of the Taiwanese people are very disappointed," said Tsai.

"I believe the Democratic Progressive Party can lead the Taiwanese people to express our own true voices. (The Nationalists) lack the democratic process and political framework without the support of opinion poll. The Taiwanese people will definitely not accept it," Tsai added.

In 1949, after the Communist Party in Mao Zedong took leadership of mainland China, Taiwan relocated itself to one of the islands of Taiwan which is also known as Formosa.

Until 1971, Taiwan was representing China in the United Nations (UN).

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