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Kinmen County chief invites Ma, Xi to meet again, in his county

Kinmen County chief invites Ma, Xi to meet again, in his county

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) The head of Kinmen County, a Taiwan-held island group off the southern coast of China, said late Saturday that he would welcome President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet again and hold the encounter in Kinmen. Chen Fu-hai (???) delivered the invitation after describing the historic meeting between Ma and Xi in Singapore on Saturday as being helpful to efforts to further promote interaction between the two sides across Taiwan. The meeting established a precedent for future meetings between the leaders of the two sides, Chen said. The meeting was the first ever between the leaders of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People's Republic of China, which was founded in 1949 after the Chinese civil war between the Nationalists and Communists. Chen also expressed his hope that Kinmen, which is located less than 10 kilometers from China's Xiamen, to continue to serve as a "testing ground" for cross-Taiwan strait policies. Kinmen was the first place in the country opened for trade, postal and transport exchanges with China in 2001. As Taiwan's closest location to the mainland, Kinmen is also well-positioned to be the home of the representative offices of the intermediary organizations and policy planning agencies in charge of cross-strait negotiations, Chen said. Also, since Xiamen has been designated as a free trade zone of Fujian Province, he suggested that Taiwan's Cabinet seriously consider the idea of turning Kinmen into a model spot for Taiwan's economic pilot zone program, the county chief said. (By Amy Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 22:14 GMT+08:00