Historic Ma-Xi summit heavy on rhetoric but schism remains

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Taiwan's counterpart Ma Ying-jeou wave to journalists ahead of their meeting at Shangri-La hotel in Singapore, on November 7, 2015The summit between the presidents of China and Taiwan promised warmer ties and was loaded with historic symbolism as both men sought to secure their legacy — but there were few concrete results in their bid to mend decades of estrangement. China’s Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou shook hands for more than a minute to herald the start of a meeting once unthinkable due to the enmity between the two sides. Xi’s rhetoric likened China and Taiwan to part of the same family, while Ma urged cooperation and harmony in a surprisingly cordial exchange.

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