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Ma says meeting with Xi signals mature Taiwan-U.S.-China relations

Ma says meeting with Xi signals mature Taiwan-U.S.-China relations

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said Tuesday that Taiwan and China both notified the United States of his Nov. 7 meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) in Singapore beforehand and that Washington expressed support for the meeting before and after the landmark summit. This, according to Ma, indicates that relations among Taiwan, the U.S. and China are characterized by mutual trust and are mature. An improvement in relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have created a win-win-win outcome, the president said. He said that on the one hand, the Ma-Xi meeting took place under the spotlight of the world and is of great historic symbolism. On the other hand, the meeting is of great substantive significance, given that the concrete content and conclusions of the meeting are all related to cross-Taiwan Strait relations, he added. During a meeting with a visiting delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ma said that cross-strait relations have achieved significant improvements over the past seven years, mainly because of his administration's adherence to the principle of maintaining the cross-strait status quo of "no unification, no independence and no use of force" under the framework of the Republic of China Constitution, and promoting peaceful and stable cross-strait development based on the foundation of the "1992 Consensus" of one China with respective interpretations. Cross-strait relations have been at their most stable and peaceful since the Republic of China government moved its seat to Taiwan in 1949. Talking of his meeting with Xi, the president also said that the meeting, the first of its kind between the leaders on the two sides of the strait in 66 years of separate rule, came as a surprise and proceeded smoothly. Over the past three days following the meeting, media outlets around the world have published at least 550 news reports and commentaries on the event, Ma said, adding that he told Xi face-to-face about the importance of the "1992 Consensus." Taiwan's interpretation does not include the terms "two Chinas," "one China, one Taiwan" or "Taiwan independence," all of which are prohibited by the ROC Constitution, Ma said. The leaders of Taiwan and China discussed the consensus during the landmark meeting, marking a new chapter in cross-strait relations, according to the president. Ma also said that before the meeting, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (???), Presidential Office Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (???) and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Hsia Li-yan (???) briefed Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???) and party caucuses on the meeting. In addition, the president said, he and Hsia each hosted a pre-event news briefing on the meeting, adding that the process of arranging the meeting was more transparent than that of any other international conferences. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-20 09:40 GMT+08:00