As Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping prepare for a historic meeting in Singapore, vocal critics in Taiwan are concerned that China is using economic ties to gain influence.
Taiwan's president has flown to Singapore to meet with his Chinese counterpart for the first such sit-down ever. As the anti-Beijing attitude rises in Taiwan, Ma's visit prompted irate protests.
The leaders of China and Taiwan will take part in the first official meeting between the two since separating in 1949. Attitudes toward Beijing have created a hostile divide in Taiwan's political landscape.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his Taiwanese counterpart that the two sides are 'one family' at a landmark summit in Singapore. The two exchanged a historic handshake and the talks lasted around one hour.
As the leaders of China and Taiwan prepare to meet for the first time since 1949, DW speaks to MERICS expert Nabil Alsabah about the timing of the meeting and the impact it may have on the upcoming presidential poll.
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