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Top-level meeting between Taiwan, China unlikely: president

Top-level meeting between Taiwan, China unlikely: president

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) A meeting between the leaders of China and Taiwan does not seem likely even though China has had a new head of state, President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday. Such a meeting would involve the difficult issue of titles and so far, "one cannot see the possibility of finding a solution" to that problem, Ma said in a TV interview. The main significance of such a meeting would be to ensure a continuation of the current framework for peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait, he said. The problem of how the leaders should address each other during such a meeting cannot be solved in the short term, however, "unless the rules of the game are changed, because my capacity (as president) cannot possibly be changed," Ma said. He was commenting on the state of cross-strait relations since Xi Jinping took over from Jiang Zemin as president of China in March. Xi became head of the Chinese Communist Party in November. In the interview, held on the first anniversary of his second four-year term, Ma said that the feasibility of his policy toward China has been proven after five years. It is a policy with an emphasis on the principles of no unification, no Taiwan independence and no use of force. Under his leadership, the Taiwan government has worked toward peaceful development of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait based on the 1992 consensus, which allows the two sides to insist on one China, with different interpretations of its meaning. (By Kelven Huang and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-07-26 06:58 GMT+08:00