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Everyone must agree Xi Jinping & Ma Ying-jeou’s 1-minute handshake was pretty warm, friendly

This was compared to another iconic handshake last year this time.

Belmont Lay | November 7, 2015 @ 05:23 pm

China’s President Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou shook hands for more than one minute on Nov. 7, 2015, to kick off the landmark summit between the two leaders at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.

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Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Friday, November 6, 2015

 

Both men were reported to be relaxed as they looked at each other momentarily when they met, before standing close to each other.

They continued shaking hands for a full minute as flashlights went off in quick succession to capture this historic moment.

Before the handshake, both men walked onto a carpeted area from different sides of the foyer, met in the middle and smiled broadly.

After the handshake, they waved before entering a meeting room with other members of their delegations, where they made remarks to a selection of the media.

They then embarked on a closed-door meeting.

This cordial meeting at the summit is the first time in six decades Chinese and Taiwanese leaders have met since the end of China’s civil war in 1949.

This amicable handshake stands in stark contrast to last year’s well-documented awkward frosty handshake between Xi and Japan’s Shinzo Abe, in the wake of years of strained Sino-Japanese relations.

Xi’s awkward handshake with Abe from Nov. 10, 2014:

 

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