Taipei glad to see Soong-Xi meeting at APEC

The Mainland Affairs Council said on Sunday that it was glad to see the representatives of Taipei and Beijing respecting each other and having friendly interaction at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima, Peru.

It said the meeting will be helpful for the harmonious development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

The Presidential Office also said earlier that day that it welcomes the interaction between the delegations from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), acting as special APEC envoy of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), held a brief meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) before they participated in dialogue between APEC economic leaders and the APEC Business Advisory Council on Saturday in the Peruvian capital.

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.

Legislator Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳), whip of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislative caucus, said she was glad to see the Soong-Xi meeting and dialogue.

However, lawmaker Liao Kuo-tung (廖國棟), whip of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) caucus, said the meeting was probably just for show and did not represent a breakthrough in the current cross-strait relations.

Meanwhile, KMT spokesman Hu Wen-chi (胡文琦) said that the party leadership spoke highly of the Soong-Xi meeting, describing it as a “positive development” in relations between the two sides of the strait.

In Beijing, Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光), spokesman of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office under its State Council, said Xi and Soong just had “natural and simple greetings” in a lounge at the APEC summit venue.

He declined to comment when asked about what topics Xi and Soong discussed and how Xi responded to Soong’s remarks.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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