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Ma, Xi to address each other as 'mister' in Singapore meet

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) When the top leaders of Taiwan and China meet for the first time in 66 years, they will address each other as "mister" to avoid any political implications, a senior Taiwanese official in charge of China affairs said Wednesday.
President Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are scheduled for the historic meeting in Singapore Nov. 7.
Hsia Li-yan (???), the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, said the goal of the upcoming meeting between Ma and Xi is to consolidate the current peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.
"The meeting of the leaders of the two sides of the strait will demonstrate the two sides' determination to maintain peace and prosperity in the Taiwan Strait and create a new milestone in the development of cross-strait relations," he said at a news conference.
Asked in what capacity will the two leaders meet in a third country, Hsia said Ma will attend the meeting as "the leader of Taiwan," and Xi as "the mainland's leader," adding that they will address each other as "mister." Ma and Xi will each deliver opening remarks before the meeting, and will hold respective news conferences after the meeting is over, he said. In holding the meeting, the two sides will stick to the principle of an equal footing and mutual respect, he went on. The meeting will not touch upon political negotiations, no agreements will be signed, and no joint statement will be issued after the meeting, he added. "From our point of view, the meeting between the leaders of both sides of the strait is conducive to cross-strait peace and to maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait," he said. Both sides will use the meeting as an opportunity to strengthen communication on major cross-strait issues, he said, adding that it is an important step in the full institutionalization of the development of cross-strait relations, he added. (By Yin Chun-chieh, Elaine Hou and S.C. Chang)

Updated : 2021-09-17 04:01 GMT+08:00