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Many barriers remain across Taiwan Strait: HK media

Hong Kong, Nov. 8 (CNA) The historic cross-Taiwan Strait summit has pushed relations between Taiwan and China to a new level, but many barriers remain to be overcome, a Hong Kong media said Sunday. Saturday's meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (???) in Singapore carries major significance for cross-strait peace and stability, Sing Tao Daily said in an editorial. The two sides, however, still face many barriers on how to further promote cross-strait integration, especially uncertainties linked to the Democratic Progressive Party's possible return to power in Taiwan following January's presidential election, the paper said. It said that from the arrangements made to the speeches by both leaders, the Ma-Xi meeting reflected mutual respect under the "one China" principle. Through flexible and pragmatic arrangements crossing the barriers of titles and statuses, the two sides also demonstrated their broad-mindedness, boldness and sincerity to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait ties, the paper said. The postures displayed by both leaders spoke louder than words, making the meeting itself a remarkable achievement and setting a foundation and model for future cross-strait summits, the paper said. The Ta Kung Pao daily, meanwhile, said in its editorial that history will always remember the handshake between Ma and Xi that lasted 80 seconds and crossed over 66 years. "This is the most vivid hug between the mainland and Taiwan and is also the strongest voice made by both sides on the future of cross-strait relations," the paper said. It said the success of the Ma-Xi meeting has again proven that Chinese on either of the Taiwan Strait have the ability and wisdom to resolve their own problems. (By Stanley Cheung and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-21 01:52 GMT+08:00