Chinese and Taiwanese Leaders Meet For First TIme Since 1949

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The Meeting Was Heavily Scrutinized From Both Sides

The presidents of China and Taiwan have historically met for the first time in 66 years.  Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou met in Singapore.  Because China views self-ruled democratic Taiwan as a part of its territory, the two men referred to each other as “mister”, not “president”.

Xi has been trying to cement his status as one of China’s great leaders, while Ma is coming to the end of his final term and is trying to calm anti-Chinese sentiment that is rising in Taiwan.  China has previously stated it wants Taiwan to return to being a province within the next decade.

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