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Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou meets ARATS chief

2008-11-06 03:07:28 GMT2008-11-06 11:07:28 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou (R) meets with chief of mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chen Yunlin in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan Province, Nov. 6, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou (C front) poses for a photo with chief of mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chen Yunlin (3rd L) in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan Province, Nov. 6, 2008. Ma and Chen met in Taipei at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.(Xinhua Photo)

Chief of mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Chen Yunlin (L) presents a painting of horse to Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan Province, Nov. 6, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

TAIPEI, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou met with chief of mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) Chen Yunlin in Taipei at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Ma said during the meeting that the landmark talks between Chen and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman Chiang Pin-kung in Taiwan were significant and marked a big step in cross-strait relations.

Ma said he believed the development was the wish of the people of both sides and would contribute to cross-strait stability and prosperity.

Chen is in Taiwan for a historic five-day visit at the invitation of the SEF. His visit is the first ever meeting between the ARATS and SEF leaders in Taiwan.

Ma said the talks between the ARATS and the SEF had been fruitful and would have a positive impact on facilitating cross-strait personnel exchanges, boosting economic and trade ties, strengthening food safety and coping with global financial turmoil.

Ma said differences and challenges still remained between the mainland and Taiwan. He expressed his hope that the two sides would handle the differences with a positive attitude and keep cooperating.

He hoped for more high-level visits between the mainland and Taiwan and for more beneficial talks between the ARATS and the SEF.

Ma and Chen exchanged gifts at the meeting, which took place in a hotel. Chen presented Ma with a painting of a galloping horse. Ma's surname means horse in Chinese language. Ma gave Chen a fine porcelain ornament.

Chiang and other members of the SEF were also at the meeting, which lasted only about five minutes.

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