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China keen on meeting with Taiwan president, but no rush

Published on Feb 17, 2014 11:40 AM
 
China said on Monday it was keen on a meeting between President Xi Jinping (above) and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, but signalled it was in no rush to set a venue or timeframe for what would be a historic get-together. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China said on Monday it was keen on a meeting between President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, but signalled it was in no rush to set a venue or timeframe for what would be a historic get-together.

Since taking office in 2008, Mr Ma has signed a series of landmark trade and economic agreements with China, cementing China's position as Taiwan's largest trading partner.

But Taiwan said last week that China had rebuffed as"inappropriate" a request for the two men to meet at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing.

Ms Fan Liqing, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, told reporters the subject of a Xi-Ma summit was "not a topic for discussion" during last week's landmark meeting between top Chinese and Taiwan government officials.

 
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