Ma-Xi meet 'can be held at any moment': official
Central News Agency
2014-06-24 11:10 PM
Taipei, June 24 (CNA) Hualien Magistrate Fu Kun-chi, currently on a visit to Beijing, quoted a senior Chinese official Tuesday as saying that a summit meeting between the top leaders of Taiwan and China could be held "any moment, depending on Taiwan's attitude," according to a press release issued by the county government late that day. Fu asked Zhang Zhijun, minister of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, as the latter was preparing to depart the following day on a historic visit to Taiwan, whether a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to become a reality this year, according to the press release. Zhang was quoted as saying that "our stance is very clear. Depending on Taiwan's attitude, a Ma-Xi meeting can be held at any moment." He did not elaborate. Taiwan has proposed a summit meeting with China on an international occasion, suggesting that the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum leaders' meeting in Beijing in November would be a good time and venue for Ma to meet Xi. Meanwhile Tuesday, a local magazine quoted former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as reminding Taiwan to act "carefully and smartly" in dealing with China as "we don't want to see Taiwan's independence being threatened, undermined." (By Lee Hsien-feng and S.C. Chang)
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