Ma-Xi meeting helps stability in cross-strait ties: US expert

The China Post
Date: December 6, 2015

WASHINGTON–The Nov. 7 meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Singapore was helpful to stability and predictability in cross-Taiwan Strait relations, a U.S. expert on Asian issues said Friday.

The meeting set a precedent, being the first step in institutionalizing meetings between the leaders of the two sides, said Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation.

“I take it to apply to the president of the R.O.C. (Republic of China), whatever party he or she belongs to,” Lohman wrote in emailed comments to CNA.

He said it is also significant that the meeting took place in Singapore.

“In that, the president of the R.O.C. was in Singapore. You can call him anything you want, wherever he goes, he is the president of the R.O.C.,” he said.

On what words Taiwan should use in describing its relationship with the People’s Republic of China, Lohman said it was an issue that should be resolved within Taiwan’s political system and then discussed with interlocutors from Beijing.     [FULL  STORY]

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