Leaders from Taiwan and China to meet for the first time in Singapore
Nov.4, Beijing: 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 since the end of a civil war in 1949.
The two presidents will exchange views on cross-strait issues, Ma's spokesman Charles Chen said on Tuesday, referring to the stretch of water separating mainland China and Taiwan.
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 surprise meeting follows a gradual warming of relations with Beijing since Ma of the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party came to power in 2008.
The Oslo Times