09 March 2014
A Singaporean academic on Friday said that the city-state would be happy to host a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping because it is always happy to help promote peace between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Tan Khee Giap, director of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policys Asia Competitiveness Institute, told the Central News Agency that he is optimistic about the chances of such a meeting being held in Singapore if it is decided that it should take place at a third location.
However, Tans fellow academic Li Mingjiang said it would not be possible to hold the meeting at any place other than Taiwan or China because of its political sensitivity.
Using Singapore as a location for the encounter would give international media room to offer their own interpretations of the events significance, which Beijing would not be happy about, said Li, an associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapores Nanyang Technological University.
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