Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with his Taiwan counterpart Ma Ying-jeou before the start of the first cross-Taiwan Strait summit since a civil war divided the two sides in 1949. Photo: Kyodo

'We are brothers': Xi hails closer ties with Taiwan as closed-door talks with Ma wrap up at historic Singapore summit

Xi makes first move with outstretched hand in highly symbolic 80-second handshake that pundits will pore over later as postmortems of the event are conducted online and offline

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with his Taiwan counterpart Ma Ying-jeou before the start of the first cross-Taiwan Strait summit since a civil war divided the two sides in 1949. Photo: Kyodo
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