BEIJING: Political observes and experts from world over including those from Taiwan have lauded the China’s recent initiatives to settle disputes and improving cross-Strait ties.

They paid tributes to vision of President Xi Jinping having fruitful meeting with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou that paved the way settling disputes and bring improvement of cross-Strait ties.

The meeting was held in a "very harmonious ambiance," said Chao Chun-Shan, president of the Foundation on Asia-Pacific Peace Studies, who was in Singapore. According to the Chinese media, the leaders displayed a high level of empathy. Both sides showed sincerity and willingness to focus on common ground and shelve the differences for the moment," Chao said at a seminar.

It was the first meeting of cross-Strait leaders and people cannot expect all problems to be settled in one meeting, he said, adding that it will take much longer for the two sides to properly address the issues mentioned at the meeting.

"The outcome of the meeting exceeded my expectations. It will not only benefit the Taiwan Strait but also peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific," he said.

Mignonne Chan, a local legislator in Singapore, noted that, through the meeting, Taiwan proved "to be a participant of a constructive relationship instead of a trouble maker".

The meeting also presented Taiwan people a chance to carefully review the development of cross-Strait relations and under what conditions they have been achieved, Chan said.

She praised the mainland for choosing the path of peaceful development and adopting a "flexible and pragmatic approach".

Prof. Tso Chen-dong, with the Department of Political Science of Taiwan University, told Xinhua that the two sides of the Strait set a very good example of dispute-settling for the rest of the world as despite their history and differences they are able to talk and seek solutions.

Taiwan-based Economic Daily wrote in an editorial that the two sides crossed over "the deep gorge left over by history" and their relations took a big step forward.

"Two sides of the Strait have greater possibilities for cooperation and people will enjoy the peace," the article wrote.

Kou Chien-wen, head of the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies, Chengchi University, suggested that, despite the great significance of the meeting, people will still need to see the improvement of cross-Strait talks on detailed policies.

It is the first time that leaders across the Taiwan Strait have shaken hands and faced each other across a table in 66 years.

In their capacities as "leaders of the two sides" of the Taiwan Strait, both Xi and Ma addressed each other only as "mister" throughout their meeting Saturday.

This form of address recalls how Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek addressed each other in letters and telegrams decades ago.

Xi admitted that there had been times when the Taiwan Strait was overshadowed by military confrontation and division, but the brotherhood between those on both sides eventually triumphed over isolation in the 1980s.

"No force can pull us apart, because we are brothers connected by our flesh, even if our bones are broken. We are one family whose blood is thicker than water," Xi told Ma.

Ma declared that the conflict and confrontation between the two no longer exist, calling on both sides to resolve their disputes through peaceful means