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Taiwan says meeting with China's Xi to further normalize cross-strait ties
By Reuters -
A weekend meeting between the leaders of Taiwan and China is aimed at further normalizing relations between the two sides, Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou said on Thursday.
Ma was speaking at a news conference ahead of the talks in Singapore scheduled on Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first such meeting of the two political rivals since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949.
It coincides with rising anti-China sentiment in Taiwan ahead of presidential and parliamentary polls in January, at which Ma's Kuomintang party is likely to lose to the Democratic Progressive Party, which traditionally favors independence from China.
Talks at such a time could help reduce hostilities in the short term, Ma said, adding that he hoped future leaders of Taiwan would be able to hold such meetings.