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Ma-Xi meeting 'milestone' in cross-strait relations: KMT

2015/11/04 14:53:27

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Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) An upcoming meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) symbolizes a milestone in relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, a ruling Kuomintang (KMT) spokesman said Wednesday.

The meeting, slated for Nov. 7 in Singapore, marks a significant breakthrough thanks to the KMT's continuous efforts on cross-strait ties, said Lin Yi-hua (林奕華), chief of the KMT's Culture and Communications Committee.

Instead of a normalized channel between Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and its Chinese counterpart, the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), leaders of the two sides will be able to launch a direct dialogue, a development that could not have been made possible without the KMT being in power, he said.

Taiwan and mainland China have moved from standoff to cooperation based on the 1992 Consensus -- what the ruling Kuomintang describes as a tacit understanding in which both sides agreed there is only "one China" but with different interpretations as to what that means -- Lin added.

Lin also questioned how Taiwan's largest opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) plans to maintain cross-strait relations, stressing that DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has not been able to provide tangible polices on that issue.

(By C. C. Hsieh and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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