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Ma, Xi to split dinner bill in Singapore

2015/11/04 22:37:30

Singapore's Shangri-La Hotel.

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will split the bill for their dinner in Singapore on Saturday, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Wu Mei-hung (吳美紅) said Wednesday.

The two leaders are expected to have dinner together after their meeting in Singapore, and Ma will fly back to Taiwan immediately after dinner, according to Wu.

"It's not about who will be whose guest at the dinner, but about having dinner together," said Wu.

She said the two sides will also split the cost of renting the venue at Singapore's Shangri-La Hotel for the Ma-Xi meeting.

The meeting in Singapore on Nov. 7 will begin with opening statements by Ma and Xi in a session that will be open to the press, followed by a closed-door discussion. The two leaders will hold separate press conference after the meeting and then will have dinner together, according to the MAC.

(By Yin Chun-chieh and Lee Mei-yu)

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