The Real Reason the Xi-Ma Meeting Was Historic

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Media Outlet: The Diplomat

Mr. Xi Jinping just met Mr. Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore, an event many media members have praised as historic. On one level, this is no doubt true; it is the first meeting of the top leaders of Taiwan and China since the start of the Chinese Civil War in 1945. However, the meeting had more symbolic effects than actual results. 

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Zheng Wang was a Class of 2016 & 2017 Carnegie Fellow at New America, writing a book about China’s rise and future U.S.-China relations. He is the director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and an associate professor in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University.