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Taiwan's President Ma hopes for historic summit with China

Published on Apr 9, 2014 11:05 PM
 
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou gestures during a press conference in Taipei on March 29, 2014. Taiwan's President said on Wednesday he hopes to hold a historic summit with China's leader, but acknowledged that conditions are not yet right, amid domestic opposition to his pro-Beijing policies. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Taiwan's President said on Wednesday he hopes to hold a historic summit with China's leader, but acknowledged that conditions are not yet right, amid domestic opposition to his pro-Beijing policies.

President Ma Ying-jeou said the November gathering in Beijing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum - one of the few international groups in which Taiwan is a member - would be an ideal time for him to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping as the setting would "greatly minimise the sensitivity."

"The meeting should bring benefit to Taiwan and to cross-strait relations.

"So far, I have said that the APEC meeting would be a good occasion for the leaders to meet because the setting seems to be tailor-made," Mr Ma told the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington by video-conference.

 
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