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Japan says it will closely follow Ma-Xi meeting

Japan says it will closely follow Ma-Xi meeting

Tokyo, Nov. 4 (CNA) Japan will be closely following an upcoming meeting between Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???), a Japanese government spokesman said Wednesday. The peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait is important to the region and the world, and Japan hopes that the parties involved will resolve their problems in a peaceful way through direct dialogue, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference. Asked if Japan has its own interpretation of the historic meeting between the Taiwanese and Chinese leaders, Suga said it is not something that Japan should comment on. However, Japan will be "closely watching" the meeting, he said. Ma and Xi will meet in Singapore Nov. 7, Taiwan's Presidential Office confirmed late Tuesday. It will be the first meeting between the leaders of the two sides since the government of the Republic of China moved to Taiwan in 1949. Presidential Office spokesman Chen Yi-hsin (???) said the summit is aimed at consolidating cross-strait peace and maintaining the status quo. The meeting, however, will not produce any agreement or joint statement, he said. (By Yang Ming-chu and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-28 02:35 GMT+08:00