US welcomes Xi-Ma meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: Zhang Han/

The United States welcomed the historic meeting between the leaders of China and Taiwan on Saturday, calling for further progress in reducing tensions and promoting stability.

China's Xi Jinping and Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou shook hands in Singapore in the first such meeting between leaders of the two sides since Taiwan broke away from communist-ruled China in 1949.

"The United States welcomes the meeting between leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the historic improvement in cross-strait relations in recent years," State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

"The United States has a deep and abiding interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and we encourage further progress by both sides toward building ties, reducing tensions, and promoting stability on the basis of dignity and respect," he said.

The two leaders met for more than an hour and exchanged warm words.

"We are a family whose blood is thicker than water," Xi said.

"Behind us there is more than six decades of cross-strait separation. Now before our eyes are the common fruits of the policy of replacing opposition with dialogue," Ma told Xi.

Related Stories
Share this page
Touched Sympathetic Bored Angry Amused Sad Happy No comment
About us

Rhythm Media Group is a multi-media company, operating a US-based Chinese daily newspaper, The China Press, and the paper's website - (which has mobile-app version), as well as a Beijing-based English website The group boasts 15 branch offices across the US, and a number of cultural centers focusing on culture-related business in the North America, Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Launched in September 2012, the is designed to serve as a bridge between China and the US, and to keep its readership inside or outside China better informed by providing news and insights on China's current affairs, culture, life, business, people and sports.

Our Partners

About us - Contact us - Copyright - Terms of use - Privacy policy

Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved