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Separated by Ideology and Water, Brothers in Blood - the Communists and the Nationalists Meet after 66-Years

The presidents of China and Taiwan - Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou, met on a rainy Saturday, yesterday in Singapore, the first such meeting between the leaders since the blood-related nations split in civil war in 1949, with the Communists dominating mainland China and sending the Nationalists to Taiwan.

Separated by the communist ideology in China, the freedom of democracy in Taiwan and by the Taiwan Strait, the meeting of Xi and Ma was the highest level contact between the nations in 66-years during which time both shot at each other across the Straits.

No new security achievements were made at the meeting where no joint statement was made, hence the two nations remain where they were before the historical meet - separated by ideology and by the Strait. 

However, China's Xi thought the meet was "...to prevent the historical tragedy from repeating itself, prevent the fruits from peaceful development of cross-Strait ties from being lost again, enable compatriots across the Strait to continue to create a peaceful life, and enable our next generations to share a bright future," the Associated Press(AP) reported.

But Chinese-Taiwanese relations remain split on ideology and on the exercise of the Taiwanese people to be free. Ma confirmed the difficulty of the relations as he admitted, "...It's extremely complex. There's domestic politics, diplomacy, defense, economics," the AP cited.

Yet, in spite of the meeting, the people of Taiwan remain resolute in their pursuit of liberty and this fact was confirmed by Taiwanese Opposition leader, Tsai Ing-wen, who likely would become Taiwan's next President in January 2016. As reported by Reuters, Tsai expressed disappointment that  Ma made no reference to preserving Taiwan's democracy and freedom in his meeting with the communist leader.

So while the meeting of the separated brothers-in-blood was a historical occasion, communist ideology and the expressed aspirations of Taiwan to democracy, stand as a profound unresolved divide between China and Taiwan.