historic summit between presidents of China and Taiwan

historic summit between presidents of China and Taiwan -

The head of state and Chinese party Xi Jinping , and the Taiwanese president, Ma Ying jeou , met Saturday at the Shangri-La Singapore, where after the photo to reporters withdrew to discuss Hotel.

"No matter what they had to pass both parts on both sides of the strait. Nothing can separate us, "said Xi.

Before the meeting both sides stressed that they will not sign agreements and also not issue a joint statement.

Nevertheless, observers believe that this is a historic moment because it is the first meeting at the highest level since the Communists took power in mainland China in 1949 and the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) -led by Chiang Kai-Chek- is fled to Taiwan after being defeated by Mao Zedong in the Chinese civil war.

"we are all brothers, no matter what happens," he told the press Zhang Zhijun China Office of Taiwan Affairs, confirming thus, the message of Xi at the beginning of the meeting.

Zhang said the Chinese president promised to Ma that his country will fulfill the agreement 1992 and will focus on development that benefits both parties.

Xi also expressed understanding for the desire to Taiwan to participate in international affairs, as long as this is not to the detriment of the policy of one China, the official added.

the meeting is "a new chapter" in relations between the two countries, said Allen Carlson, professor of political science at the American university of Cornell. is comparable to the first visit by President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 and the rapprochement between the US and Cuba, he added.

The willingness to meet is a radical change of the Chinese leadership, it had always refused so far to not legitimize the Taiwanese government.

Because of this, both sides agreed to a strict protocol that included no contact between the presidents with their official titles but only as "Mr. Xi" and " Mr. Ma. "

the Taiwanese leader, whose term ends next year, had long been requesting a meeting with Xi. The central point of economic policy in recent years was the approach to China. Since Ma took office two sides signed a series of economic agreements and tourist exchanges intensified.

However, more and more Taiwanese are bothered by the speed of approach. Like Wednesday, when the meeting was also announced today hundreds of people protested in the streets of Taipei, Taiwan's capital, because they fear a "sale" of the island to the mainland.

Polls predict the Kuomintang Party (KMT) Ma in January suffer a defeat in the presidential election with its candidate Eric Chu. The favorite to win is Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the Progress Party (DPP), critical of China.

Although this week Tsai Ing-wen no longer rejected flatly meeting with Xi, if if elected, observers believe that relations will cool if the DPP comes to power.

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