The brief meeting between Taiwan’s representative to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, James Soong (宋楚瑜) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Lima, Peru,shows that both Beijing and Taipei hope to deal with each other calmly and rationally and that cross-strait relations are “not so bad,” a Chinese scholar said Sunday.
The brief meeting between Soong and Xi also indicated but that cross-Taiwan Strait relations are worse than they were during the administration of former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), said Liu Guosheng (劉國深), head of the Taiwan Research Institute at Xiamen University
Soong, who represents President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in the leaders summit of the regional economic group, held a brief meeting with Xi before they participated in dialogue between APEC economic leaders and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) on Saturday in the Peruvian capital.
As Soong has been on good terms with Chinese leaders in person, Xi’s willingness to talk with him for 10 minutes in a “chance encounter” demonstrates “deep meaning,” showing that person-to-person relationships could play a key role, and that setting up dialogue channels between the two sides is very important, said Liu.
Beijing not boycotting Soong’s attendance at the APEC summit shows that both Beijing and Taipei hope to deal with each other calmly and rationally and that cross-strait relations are “not so bad,” Liu told CNA.
Soong told Xi that he hopes Beijing will keep unchanged the direction of cross-strait trade and economic exchanges and take care of Taiwanese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Both delegations agreed to release a statement of the meeting afterward, but no photographs, an advisor of the Taiwanese delegation said.
Tsai has not been provocative, but she is ambiguous on the fundamental issue of Taiwan-China relations, which is why Beijing finds it hard to completely trust her, and also the fundamental reason why there’s not enough mutual trust politically between the two sides.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel