China-Taiwan: leaders to meet in Singapore | Euronews
Leaders of political rivals Taiwan and China have met for the first time in more than 60 years for talks that come amid rising anti-Beijing. China and Taiwan look forward to closer ties after symbolic talks in Singapore - the The Chinese and Taiwanese leaders meet in Singapore. Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday - the first ever meeting between.
Major issues would include future communication channels between the two sides, repatriation of illegal immigrants, criminal activities and fishing disputes.
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The meeting also set the timeframe for future contacts between their officials. However, there were doubts over whether Mr Koo would pull out from the summit at the last minute. He had threatened to quit his post after members from Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party DPP - then in opposition - had branded his family as traitors during the Japanese Occupation years.
More than journalists from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other Asian countries made their way to Singapore for the event. What was the outcome of the meeting? Mr Koo left and Mr Wang exchanging documents to sign at the conclusion of talks between the two sides in Singapore on April 29, Sitting across a long table less than two metres wide, the conversation got off to a warm start with an unexpected topic - Peking opera, a passion shared by both men.
Taiwan, China leaders to hold historic meeting in Singapore on Saturday
Both sides agreed to formalise official contacts between Arats and SEF. They also agreed to hold director-level meetings once in three months in either China or Taiwan, while secretary-general level meetings would take place once every six months, either in China or Taiwan, or in a neutral country. But the atmosphere at the talks grew tensed when a delegation of 12 DPP lawmakers showed up to challenge the SEF's right to represent the Taiwanese. The two-day meeting stretched into a third day when both sides could not resolve issues on economic cooperation.
China had wanted direct trade, postal and transportation links with Taiwan. It also wanted restrictions on Taiwan investments on the mainland as well as Chinese imports to Taiwan to be eased.
Taiwan, meanwhile, pushed for a pact to provide legal protection for Taiwan investments and businesses in China. On April 29,four historic pacts were signed during a minute ceremony televised live to Taiwan. These pacts did not include economic issues, which both sides agreed to iron out at a later date.
Where did they dine? Delegates from both sides toasting each other after concluding the historic meeting.
Each dish of the nine-course dinner had Chinese names that carried special significance, such as "happy reunion" and "treating each other like brothers". Delegates from both sides even signed on copies of the menu which were then exchanged as keepsakes. Taiwan residents are permitted to visit China, leading to a boom in trade Taiwan lifts emergency rule, unilaterally ending a state of war with China First direct talks between the two sides are held in Singapore China tests missiles off Taiwan to deter voters in the island's first democratic polls Beijing adopts a law which makes secession by Taiwan illegal Taiwan and China resume high-level talks, suspended since after Ma Ying-jeou is elected president Behind us is history stretching for 60 years," he said.
November During an international news conference prior to the meeting, President Ma said that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should continue to mitigate their animosity, avoid deviating from the right path and expand exchanges and cooperation. He asserted that the meeting was not for his legacy or for improving the popularity of the Kuomintang, but for the good of the next generation.
New Power Party NPP Chairman Huang Kuo-chang accused Ma of attempting to burnish his legacy at the expense of changing the direction of national security policy, and trampling on Taiwan's democracy and sovereignty by bypassing the Legislative Yuan.
He argued that Ma's trip would violate his promises in which Ma said that he would not meet with Chinese leaders if re-elected. Social Democratic Party chairman Fan Yun said "Ma doesn't have any mandate for surprising us with this meeting — ever since last year's Sunflower Movementit has been clear that the handling of cross-strait relations by the governing party is not trusted by the people.
Lee further stated that calling a meeting about 70 days before the general elections, made it "obvious that China wants to use this to interfere with Taiwan's elections. Some scholars also asked for the intervention of the legislative body and the Constitutional Court to prevent Ma from attending the meeting. As a close and longstanding friend of both Mainland China and Taiwan, Singapore was happy to facilitate and be the venue for their direct dialogue.
But the Taiwanese cannot be very reassured by what they see happening today in Hong Kong, which was promised the same thing before its return to China in