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President Ma meets senior officials of five government branches at reception(excerpt: cross-strait relations)

Commenting on cross-strait relations, the president stated that since taking office in 2008 his administration has consistently sought, under the framework of the ROC Constitution, to maintain the status quo of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" in the Taiwan Strait, and to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait ties under the 1992 Consensus, whereby each side acknowledges the existence of "one China" but maintains its own interpretation of what that means. Over the past seven-plus years the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have signed 23 agreements, so historically, cross-strait interaction is at an all-time high. Because there was ample mutual trust, Taiwan and mainland China were finally able to achieve a major breakthrough. President Ma mentioned that he met on November 7 with mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore as equals, and with dignity. They exchanged opinions on consolidating cross-strait peace and maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait with an eye toward building a sustainable and solid framework for cross-strait relations.
The president also cited the opinion poll conducted by the Executive Yuan's Mainland Affairs Council, noting that over 60% of the public supports the Ma-Xi meeting, and over 60% agreed with him giving Mr. Xi a full explanation of the 1992 Consensus, which is "one China, respective interpretations." The most important thing is that the Ma-Xi meeting helped build a bridge of peace between the two sides, establishing a new model—based on equality and dignity—for meetings between the two leaders, and consolidating the status quo of peaceful development in cross-strait ties. The cross-strait leaders meeting attracted considerable attention and an overwhelmingly positive response from the international community. International media has published over 1,100 articles on the meeting, calling it a historic breakthrough. The Economist even stated that "The summit was perhaps the biggest concession on a 'core issue' of sovereignty any Chinese leader has made since the early 1980s."
【Source: Office of the President】