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Taiwan ignites hopes of Ma-Xi meeting at Apec summit

Published on Feb 5, 2014 7:04 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's minister in charge of China affairs on Wednesday said he would support a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou, suggesting the Apec leaders summit as an ideal opportunity.

Mr Wang Yu-chi, chairman of the island's top China policy decision-making body Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), made the comments ahead of his historic trip to China next week - the first official contact between the two former bitter rivals in more than six decades.

In a further sign of fast-warming ties between Taipei and Beijing, Mr Wang told reporters: "We'd be pleased to see leaders from the two sides meet at a proper time and venue."

"I won't raise the proposal for a meeting between President Ma and Xi, but if they did (meet), we think the Apec leaders summit would be the best venue," Mr Wang said at a Taipei meeting for Taiwanese firms doing business in China.

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