History made as China, Taiwan leaders meet

History made as China, Taiwan leaders meet

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou smile as they arrive for their meeting at Shangrila hotel in Singapore on November 7, 2015. The leaders of China and Taiwan hold a historic summit that will put a once unthinkable presidential seal on warming ties between the former Cold War rivals. AFP PHOTO / POOL
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou smile as they arrive for their meeting at Shangrila hotel in Singapore on November 7, 2015. The leaders of China and Taiwan hold a historic summit that will put a once unthinkable presidential seal on warming ties between the former Cold War rivals. AFP PHOTO / POOL

The presidents of China and Taiwan reached across decades of Cold War estrangement and rivalry for a historic handshake Saturday, before exchanging warm words in the first summit since the two sides' traumatic 1949 split.

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China, Taiwan leaders open summit with historic handshake

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou shake hands before their meeting. AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMAN

Singapore, Nov 7, 2015, AFP – The presidents of China and Taiwan reached across decades of Cold War estrangement and rivalry for a historic handshake Saturday, before exchanging warm words in the first summit since the two sides' traumatic 1949 split.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou shook hands and smiled broadly as they met in Singapore, in a scene considered unthinkable until recently.

They later sat down across a table from each other, with Xi praising the summit as opening a "historic chapter in our relations" and repeating China's oft-expressed desire for eventual reunification.

"The development of cross-strait relations over the past 66 years show that no matter what kind of winds and rains are experienced by compatriots on the two sides, no matter how long divisions last, there is no power that can separate us," Xi said.

"We are brothers connected by flesh even if our bones are broken, we are a family whose blood is thicker than water."

"Even though this is the first meeting, we feel like old friends," Ma told Xi.

"Behind us is history stretching for 60 years. Now before our eyes there are fruits of conciliation instead of confrontation."

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  • blood (noun): the red liquid that flows through the bodies of humans and animals - เลือด
  • broadly: widely - อย่างกว้างขวาง
  • chapter: era; a period of time in a person's life or in history - ยุค, สมัย
  • compatriots: people who are from the same country as you are - คนชาติเดียวกัน
  • conciliation: a process that is intended to end an argument between two groups of people - การประนอม, การไกล่เกลี่ยข้อพิพาท
  • confrontation: a situation in which people or groups are arguing angrily or are fighting - การเผชิญหน้า
  • consider: to regard as; to think of as - ถือว่า
  • decades: periods of ten years - เป็นสิบๆปี
  • desire: a strong wish to have or do something - ความอยาก, ความประสงค์, ความต้องการ
  • development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา
  • division: a disagreement between people, especially between people who belong to the same group - การแตกร้าว, การแบ่งแยก
  • estrangement (noun): the state of being estranged, i.e., no longer friendly, loyal or in contact with somebody; a period of being estranged no longer friendly, loyal or in contact with somebody - ความห่างเหิน
  • eventual: at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process - ในที่สุด
  • flesh (noun): the skin of the human body - ผิวเนื้อของคน
  • fruits: the good results that you get from something such as hard work - ผลกำไร
  • historic: of historical importance - ที่สำคัญในประวัติศาสตร์
  • history (noun): all the events that happened in the past - ประวัติศาสตร์
  • no matter what: always true, whatever the situation is - ไม่ว่าในกรณีใด, มิไย
  • oft: often -
  • praise: to express strong approval or admiration - ยกย่อง, ชื่นชม
  • recently (adverb): not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้
  • relations: official dealings between countries - ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างประเทศ
  • reunification (noun): the act of joining together two or more regions or parts of a country so that they form a single political unit again - การรวมตัวกันใหม่ (หลังจากแบ่งแยก)
  • rivalry: competition between groups of people, business, teams, etc. - การแข่งขันกัน,การเป็นคู่ต่อสู้กัน
  • scene: a view that you can see in a picture or from the place where you are - วิว,,ภาพ, ทิวทัศน์,ทัศนียภาพ
  • separate: to keep or put apart - แยก
  • split (noun): a division between two or more things - การแตกแยก
  • strait: a narrow passage of water that connects two seas or large areas of water - ช่องแคบ
  • summit (noun): a meeting or series of meetings between leaders of or high-ranking representatives of two or more countries or organizations - การประชุมสุดยอด
  • traumatic: making you feel very upset, afraid, or shocked - ซึ่งบอบช้ำทางจิตใจ
  • unthinkable (adj): impossible to imagine - ที่ไม่สามารถจินตนาการได้, คิดไม่ถึง,นึกไม่ถึง
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