Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou attends a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Taipei on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh
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Leaders of political rivals Taiwan and China meet for the first time in more than 60 years on Saturday for talks that come amid rising anti-Chinese sentiment on the self-ruled democratic island and weeks ahead of elections.The talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou, the first such meeting since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949, are to be held in the neutral venue of Singapore.The handshake sure to take place comes as Xi hopes to cement his place among China's pantheon of great leaders and Ma, stepping down next year due to term limits, tries to shape his legacy marred by growing anti-China feeling in Taiwan.Ma and Xi meet in the afternoon.
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