Taiwan’s ex-President Ma Ying-jeou will journey to China following 7 days, his spokesman mentioned Monday, in the initial cross-strait take a look at by a present or previous chief of the island in a lot more than 70 a long time.
Ma will not take a look at Beijing and has no present options to satisfy Chinese govt officers, the spokesman extra.
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China statements self-dominated, democratic Taiwan as aspect of its territory to be seized one particular working day, by power if important. The two break up in 1949 immediately after a civil war gained by the Communist Social gathering, with the defeated nationalists fleeing to the island.
A member of Beijing-helpful get together the Kuomintang (KMT), Ma oversaw a extraordinary advancement in ties through his 2008-sixteen rule, which culminated in a summit in between him and Chinese chief Xi Jinping in Singapore in 2015.
Relations have plunged underneath Ma’s successor, President Tsai Ing-wen, who has taken a a lot more sturdy situation on Taiwan’s sovereignty, prompting escalating navy, diplomatic and financial strain from Beijing.
Ma hoped to enable lessen tensions with his take a look at, established to just take spot in between March 27 and April 7, his spokesman mentioned.
Although on the mainland, he will shell out tribute to his ancestors and encourage youth exchanges, he extra.
In Beijing, the Taiwan Affairs Office environment on Monday welcomed news of the take a look at and made available to “offer the important help”, in accordance to spokesman Ma Xiaoguang.
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Ma Ying-jeou was born in Hong Kong in 1950 to Chinese immigrant mother and father from Xiangtan in Hunan province, which he will take a look at in addition to the towns of Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Changsha, his business office mentioned.
His take a look at arrives immediately after a collection of new exchanges in between China and KMT officers.
Very last thirty day period, KMT vice-chairman Andrew Hsia carried out a 9-working day vacation to China, adopted by the take a look at of a delegation of Shanghai officers to Taipei.