Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou said that both sides of the Straits should work toward lowering hostility, broadening communication and deepening interaction.
Non-Communist parties and mainland-based groups of people from Taiwan are upbeat over the upcoming meeting between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou.
Ma Ying-jeou, leader of Taiwan, says he will try to deepen exchange and cooperation and reduce hostility on certain issues across the Taiwan Strait during the meeting with Xi Jinping.
The scheduled meeting between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou on Saturday in Singapore will be the first between leaders of both sides of the Taiwan Straits since 1949.
Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou will shake hands in their historic meeting scheduled in Singapore on Saturday, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said Wednesday.
The upcoming meeting between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou later this week will be crucial to high-level political exchanges across the Taiwan Strait and will steer future cross-Strait relations.
As a country whose main population has ancestral homes in China, Singapore has long played a positive role in cross-Straits relations.
Taiwan politicians, media and business people were upbeat over the news that Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou will meet in Singapore Saturday.
Taiwan's health department on Tuesday released a map that informs the public of dengue fever outbreaks, as the island can report up to 300 cases daily.
Economic cooperation across the Taiwan Strait should be expanded in scope and boosted to a higher level, said Zeng Peiyan, president of the Chinese mainland-based Council of the Zijinshan Summit, on Tuesday.
Chinese company Raster Group acquired a stake of as much as 56 percent in Spanish soccer club Espanyol, according to Reuters.
Tourism from the mainland to Taiwan could slow, as Taiwan is in a "special and sensitive time" ahead of January's elections, a spokesman said.