China-Taiwan meeting a cause for optimism

Singapore, which has maintained good diplomatic ties with both China and Taiwan, helps facilitate cross-strait ties between the two countries ("Singapore 'glad to facilitate meeting'"; Nov 9).

In fact, Singapore already did so when a meeting between China and Taiwan - known as the Wang-Koo meeting - was first held here in 1993.

This was the meeting between Mr Wang Daohan, chairman of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, and Mr Koo Chen-fu, chief of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation.

Recently, Singapore again helped to facilitate cross-strait ties by hosting a landmark meeting between President Xi Jinping of China and President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan.

It was the first meeting between leaders from the two sides since the Chinese Civil War ended in 1949.

Both presidents warmly greeted each other with a handshake which lasted longer than a minute.

My friends who are Chinese said they were gladdened by the fact that the landmark meeting between the presidents of both sides was held in Singapore.

They say that the meeting is probably a cause for optimism as it was aimed at improving bilateral ties between China and Taiwan.

I hope that the meeting will bring about tremendous breakthroughs concerning cross-strait relations and that peace and prosperity will prevail for many years to come.

Apparently, the present Taiwanese ruling party has been trying very hard to improve bilateral ties with China.

I hope that such attempts will eventually pay off.

Bobby Yeo Chek Hong