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A historic event involving China and Taiwan will place today, Saturday, November the 7th. Chinese president Xi Jinping and Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou will for discussions in Singapore. It is the first summit at presidential level to place between China and Taiwan since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. Taiwan just 180 km from China but their relations have cautious and, at times, frosty for decades. China considers Taiwan to part of its territory and therefore does not it as a separate nation. Only 22 foreign governments Taiwan as an independent country. The status of Taiwan one of the more difficult problems in international politics to a solution to.

The meeting between the two leaders is a major stepping stone to decades-old divisions. It could the way for similar meetings in the future. Special etiquette is already in place for the milestone encounter. The two parties have not to the term "president" to address each other. Instead, they will the word "mister". Further, the two leaders will not any agreements. Neither will they any joint statements or hold a joint press conference. A Chinese official said the meeting is to, " views on promoting the peaceful development of [our] relations". A spokesman for Mr Ma said the talks, " to solidify relations between the two sides and the status quo".

 
 

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