November 3, 2015
Analysis: Cindy Sui, BBC News
Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore
on Saturday – the first ever meeting between leaders of the two sides.
Both said the talks would focus on relations across the Taiwan Straits.
China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when the Nationalist government fled to the island after defeat by the Communists.
However, ties have improved since President Ma took office in 2008.
The Chinese government claims Taiwan as part of its territory and threatens to counter any move to outright independence by military force.
Taiwanese spokesman Chen Yi-hsin said President Ma’s aim was “to promote peace cross the Taiwan Strait and maintain status quo”. [FULL STORY]