Taipei, April 27 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (???) expressed hope Friday that the historic meeting between North and South Korea's leaders will be a step toward more stable regional development.
Tsai said that as part of the Asia-Pacific region, Taiwan is paying close attention to the meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in.
She also expressed hope that all other countries in the region will do their parts to maintain regional peace and stability.
The groundbreaking meeting, which many are hoping will bring about peace on the Korean peninsula, has got reporters in Taiwan asking whether Tsai would be open to a meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping (???).
The president responded by saying that she is willing to do what it takes to secure peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
As long as there are no political prerequisites, Tsai continued, no president of Taiwan would turn down a meeting with the leader from across the strait.
The last time a Taiwanese leader met with a Chinese leader was in November 2015 when then-President Ma Ying-jeou (???) met with Xi in Singapore.
It was the first such meeting in nearly seven decades, and was lauded by many as a milestone in cross-strait relations.
At the time, Tsai criticized Ma for not promoting Taiwan's democracy during their talks.
Commenting on the parallels between the North-South Korea situation and the Taiwan-China situation, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (???) said that peace and dialogue form the important foundation of regional peace, so the meeting between the leaders on the Korean peninsula could provide a framework for a meeting between leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel