The curtain fell on the landmark meeting between Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday. But on Sunday people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and media organizations were still discussing the impact.
On November 7, Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou, the top leaders across the Taiwan Straits held a historic meeting at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. This event could be this year's top ten news story across the Taiwan Straits, and for the world as well.
With its widespread wings it looks set to take off and be true to its name, Papillonanda, after the butterfly. The Papillionanda, named after the Chinese president, is a delicate pink orchid that has taken years to perfect and is Singapore's gift to Xi Jinping and the first lady.
The handshake between Xi Jinping and Ma Yingjeou in Singapore on Saturday lasted one minute and 10 seconds. They met as "leaders of the two sides" of the Taiwan Straits and vowed to promote peaceful cross-Straits relations. This is history in the making.
Over the past few days, the media have been lavish in their praise of the meet ing between top leaders of the Chi nese mainland and Taiwan, using complimentary words such as "land mark" and "milestone" to describe it.