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Ma-Xi meeting backed by U.S., Japan: source

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou's (???) scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) in Singapore Nov.
7 has been explained to the United States and Japan and has gained positive feedback, a government official familiar with foreign affairs said Wednesday. The Ma-Xi meeting is defined by Taiwan's government as a gathering of cross-Taiwan Strait leaders held in a third nation, which has been arranged by Taiwan's main agency responsible for China policy with related international communication and administrative assistance provided by the government, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. In addition to negotiating with Singapore about the protocol for the Ma-Xi meeting, the government has also explained to the U.S. and Japan that no agreement will be signed during the meeting. Both the U.S. and Japan have given positive feedback regarding the upcoming Ma-Xi meeting, the source said, noting that the U.S. also said that cementing peaceful relations between Taiwan and China conforms with the main goals of U.S. foreign policy. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (???) told a press briefing Wednesday that Taiwan has good relations with the U.S. and Singapore and has maintained close and smooth communication on issues of common concern. She declined to comment on diplomatic dialogues between Taiwan and either the U.S. or Singapore. Taiwan's Presidential Office said Tuesday that the Ma-Xi meeting is aimed at cementing peace and maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Ma and Xi will not sign any agreements or issue any joint declarations during the Singapore meeting, according to the Presidential Office. (By Tang Pei-chun and Jeffrey Wu)

Updated : 2021-09-25 08:45 GMT+08:00