White House cautious on historic China-Taiwan meeting○AFP(2015.11.04)
"We would certainly welcome steps that are taken on both sides of the Taiwan strait to try and reduce tensions and improve cross-strait relations," said spokesman
. Josh Earnest
"But we will have to see what actually comes out of the meeting."
will meet Chinese President in Singapore on Saturday,
Ma's office said, in what will be the first meeting between leaders from the
two rivals since they split at the end of a civil war in 1949. Xi
Beijing still considers the island part of its territory awaiting reunification.
Earnest reiterated that
Washington's "One China" policy has not changed.
The White House has long opposed any military moves toward reunification and has laid its hand on the scales to ensure a military balance between Taiwan and its giant neighbor.
The Xi-Ma meeting comes ahead of January elections in Taiwan.
Ma's relatively Beijing-friendly Kuomintang is widely expected to lose to the more China-skeptic Democratic Progressive Party.