Date: November 6, 2015
By: Cindy Sui BBC News, Taipei
On Saturday, for the first time since their bitter split at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, the leaders of China and Taiwan will meet.
This is on a par with US President Barack Obama meeting with Cuba’s Raul Castro except, unlike Washington and Havana, the two sides still haven’t normalised relations. In fact they haven’t even signed a peace treaty and in 66 years they have taken very different paths.
No agreements will be signed, no joint statements made, but China’s Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou will have an hour-long meeting and a casual dinner afterwards. It could get awkward
and here are some of the questions that could crop up.
Why do you still have missiles pointed at me?
China has hundreds of missiles targeted at Taiwan to warn the island against declaring formal independence. Beijing still considers Taiwan a province to be reunified with the mainland one day and has not renounced the use of force to take it back. In fact, one of the main reasons for its military build-up is to counter possible US assistance to Taiwan if Beijing were to try to take back militarily.
Mr. Ma would argue: “If you want to be friends, you must remove these missiles.” [FULL STORY]