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Still lots of cross-strait issues to be resolved: President Ma

Still lots of cross-strait issues to be resolved: President Ma

Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said Friday that although there has been a decrease in the number of issues between Taiwan and China over the years, there are still many issues to be resolved, and his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (???) on Saturday is aimed at consolidating cross-strait peace and maintaining the status quo. The president made the remarks while receiving a group of international scholars who are attending the International Conference on Asia-Pacific in Transition at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Nov. 6-7. Ma told the scholars that the channel of regularized negotiations between two sides of the Taiwan Strait has gradually elevated from the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) to the Mainland Affairs Council, and on Saturday, leaders of the two sides of the strait will meet, emphasizing firm steps forward in the process. The cordial cross-strait relations that exist now are unprecedented, he said, noting that the two sides became separate administrations 66 years ago. Ma said he and Xi will exchange views on consolidating cross-strait peace and maintaining the status quo. "As a matter of fact, although issues involving both sides of the Taiwan Strait have decreased over the years, there are still a lot of issues to be resolved," he said. (By L. Y. Liu and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 08:18 GMT+08:00