The planned summit between the mainland's and Taiwan's top leaders is testament to the "maturing relationship" between Beijing and Taipei, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday, adding that he hoped it would be the first step towards regular contact between the two sides' top office-holders. Analysts say the landmark meeting - the first of its kind since the two sides of the Taiwan Strait split in 1949 - is a practical, flexible arrangement indicative of political trust between Beijing and Taipei, but they remain sceptical if future such talks would be possible. Ma said the talks with President Xi Jinping in Singapore tomorrow were aimed at setting a precedent for further contact between the two sides. READ MORE: Historic meet between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou on Saturday serves as blueprint for China and Taiwan's future ties "In future, whoever is elected the president of the Republic of China [Taiwan] can continue to [use this platform] to advance cross-strait relations," Ma said. "We can't predict who will be president, but what I can do is to build the bridge during my term of office so that no matter who takes office, he or she will be able to walk on the bridge and cross the river quickly." He did not rule out the possibility of inviting mainland leaders to visit Taiwan in future. But observers said the "bridge" between the mainland and Taiwan could be held up only by the 1992 consensus - an agreement between the Communist Party and Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang that there is only one China but each side can have its own interpretation of it. "The meeting … shows the progress of political trust between the two sides from upholding the 1992 consensus," said senior researcher Xu Shiquan of the Chinese Academy of Social Science's Institute of Taiwan Studies. "Without this foundation, there will be no meetings." The talks were "a flexible and pragmatic arrangement made when the issue of the two sides' political positioning has yet been solved", Xu added. "It all depends on what [Ma's] successor's stand is on the 1992 consensus of the 'One China' principle," said Li Fei, deputy director of Xiamen University's Taiwan Research Institute. "The stand needs to be acceptable to the mainland." Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman and presidential candidate of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, objects to recognising the 1992 consensus. The frontrunner in the island's January presidential election summarises her cross-strait policy as aiming to "maintain the status quo", providing no specifics. The mainland does not accept Tsai's vague policy stance. In future, whoever is elected the president of the Republic of China [Taiwan] can continue to [use this platform] to advance cross-strait relations Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou Xu said Ma's remarks posed a challenge to Tsai, who, if elected, would bear the responsibility of hurting cross-strait ties if she refused to "walk the bridge". Tsai said she would not rule out the possibility of meeting Xi if she won the election and if the talks adhered to the principles of openness, transparency, equal status and respect. Ma said no secret deals would be made during his historic meeting with Xi tomorrow and that the summit was neither intended to influence Taiwan's upcoming presidential poll nor to enhance his political legacy. "This is not about an election; this is based on the considerations of the happiness of the next generation," he said.