By: S.C. Tsai and Lillian Lin
Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) The meeting between the leaders on the two sides of the Taiwan
Strait was able to be realized because both Taiwan and China want to maintain the status quo, former National Security Council Secretary-General Su Chi (蘇起) said Friday.
At the same time, Beijing wants to avoid the escalation of tensions with the United States while President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is looking forward to further normalizing cross-strait relations, according to Su.
In a commentary published by the Central News Agency, Su contended that Xi Jinping (習近平), as the leader of the Chinese Communist Party, has been more attentive to the social situation in Taiwan than his predecessors.
Thus, the choices of meeting venue and form of address, as well as the pre-conference statement that no agreement will be signed at the meeting, all reflected Beijing’s consideration to soothe the feelings of insecurity and suspicion among Taiwanese people, he said. [FULL STORY]