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Taiwan, China to hold key meet

The historic meeting comes at a sensitive time in Taiwan, with elections for a new president and legislature being held on Jan. 16 amid rising anti-China sentiment, particularly among younger Taiwanese who don’t believe Taiwan benefits from closer economic ties with its giant neighbor. Ma’s office said in a statement that the purpose of his trip was to “consolidate cross-strait peace and maintain the status quo”. Ma would not sign any agreements, nor issue any joint statements with China during the trip, it added.