Taiwan's President Ma to meet with China's President Xi in first such meeting since 1949

A presidential spokesman says Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday. It will be the first such meeting of leaders since the two sides split in 1949 during a civil war.

Spokesman Charles Chen says the meeting will be aimed at strengthening peace across the Taiwan Strait and that there will be no agreement or joint declaration signed.

Ma is stepping down as president next year after his maximum two terms, during which the ruling Nationalist Party has lost favor over its pro-China policies.

The statement said Taiwanese officials will hold a news conference about the meeting Wednesday, and Ma will hold another one on Thursday.