Thursday, Aug 13, 2020 | Last Update : 08:37 PM IST

142nd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra54831338184318650 Tamil Nadu3145202563135278 Andhra Pradesh2641421709242378 Karnataka1964941126333511 Delhi1494601343184167 Uttar Pradesh140775887862280 West Bengal98459671202059 Telangana8647563074665 Bihar8274154139450 Gujarat71064542382652 Assam5883842326145 Rajasthan5249738235789 Odisha4592731785321 Haryana4163534781483 Madhya Pradesh3902529020996 Kerala3811424922127 Jammu and Kashmir2489717003472 Punjab2390315319586 Jharkhand185168998177 Chhatisgarh12148880996 Uttarakhand96326134125 Goa871259575 Tripura6161417641 Puducherry5382320187 Manipur3752204411 Himachal Pradesh3371218114 Nagaland30119738 Arunachal Pradesh223115923 Chandigarh1595100425 Meghalaya11154986 Sikkim9105101 Mizoram6203230
  China meet first step to normalising ties: Taiwan

China meet first step to normalising ties: Taiwan

Published : Nov 5, 2015, 11:47 pm IST
Updated : Nov 5, 2015, 11:47 pm IST

Taiwan’s President on Thursday defended a historic summit with China as the first step to normalising relations between the leaders, as opponents wary over a rapprochement after decades of hostility a

Taiwan’s President on Thursday defended a historic summit with China as the first step to normalising relations between the leaders, as opponents wary over a rapprochement after decades of hostility accused him of selling out the island.

Ma Ying-jeou will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday, in a dramatic recognition of a seven-year period of warming relations which has raised fears self-ruled Taiwan’s security may be at stake.

 

Mr Ma said the meeting was to ensure the future of cross-strait relations and would also be a chance for Taiwan to come in from the cold internationally, where few countries recognise it as a state.

It will be the first time leaders from the two sides, separated by the narrow Taiwan Strait, will have met since their split at the end of a civil war on the mainland in 1949, which left Taiwan to forge its own identity as a democracy.

In an address to the nation, Mr Ma hailed the meeting as being “for the welfare of the next generation”.

“Both sides of the Strait should work towards lowering hostility... This is the first step towards normalisation of meetings between the leaders,” he said.

 

Taiwan lost its United Nations seat to China in 1971 and only 22 states formally recognise the island, which has led to marginalisation on the global stage, a key point of resentment for Taiwanese.

“Taiwan has for quite some time run into many difficulties participating in international events. We receive this feedback from the public frequently, such as from NGOs,” said Mr Ma. “Therefore we will raise this issue... In order to come to some agreement for greater international space for Taiwan.”

Location: Taiwan, Taipei