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Xi-Ma meeting breakthrough in cross-Strait ties

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The scheduled meeting of Xi and Ma, in their capacity as "leaders of the two sides" of the Taiwan Strait

Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou will salute each other "mister" in their historic meeting on Saturday in Singapore, marking a breakthrough in face-to-face exchange and communication between the two leaders across the Taiwan Strait after hardships and twists since 1949.

In line with the one-China principle, the Chinese mainland and Taiwan reached the pragmatic arrangement, showing their willingness to push aside differences while respecting each other, Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said here Wednesday.

The scheduled meeting of Xi and Ma, in their capacity as "leaders of the two sides" of the Taiwan Strait, was hailed by Zhang as a milestone in nearly seven decades for cross-Strait relations, saying it will "create new space" for ties and lift cross-Strait exchanges and interaction to a new level.

The meeting comes at a key moment in cross-Strait relations, which is again at a crossroads, Zhang said, adding that it will help enhance trust across the Strait, strengthen common political ground, push forward peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and safeguard peace and stability in the region.

The Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan's ruling party, said in an online statement, the meeting will be "a major watershed" for the two sides to realize mutually beneficial cooperation.

Wang Jin-pyng, head of Taiwan's legislature, said the legislature supports any cross-Strait dialogue that is conducive to regional peace and stability, and expects the meeting a success.

Xi and Ma will exchange views on promoting peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and discuss major issues in deepening cross-Strait cooperation and improving people's welfare, Zhang said.

The two leaders are also expected to attend a dinner after the meeting.