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Leaders from Taiwan, China hold historic meeting

Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 01:18

The presidents from China and Taiwan held talks for the first time in 60 years at a hotel in Singapore. Julie Noce reports.

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The leaders of China and Taiwan met for the first time in 60 years on Saturday. Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands and held a brief meeting with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou at the Shangri-la hotel in Singapore. It's the first time leaders from both sides have met since China's civil war ended in 1949. At that time, China's Nationalists retreated to Taiwan after losing the war. China has never ruled out the use of force to bring what it considers a breakaway province under its control. The get-together was largely symbolic. Diplomats said the two men addressed each other as "mister" instead of "president" as neither officially recognise the other as head of state. During a news conference after the meeting, Ma told reporters their discussion was positive. Everyone must be curious about the atmosphere of our meeting, the atmosphere was very friendly and positive, he said. I found Mr. Xi is very pragmatic, resilient, and sincere when discussing issues. Their meeting comes as Xi hopes to cement his place among China's pantheon of great leaders and as Ma tries to shape his legacy before stepping down next year due to term limits.

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Leaders from Taiwan, China hold historic meeting

Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 01:18