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DPP makes 5-point statement over Ma-Xi meeting in Singapore

DPP makes 5-point statement over Ma-Xi meeting in Singapore

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is questioning the timing and justification of President Ma Ying-jeou's (???) scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) in Singapore Nov. 7, and has demanded an explanation of the abrupt announcement of the impending meeting.
DPP spokesman Cheng Yun-peng (???) read a five-point statement at a press briefing Wednesday, relating to the cross-Taiwan Strait summit.
He pointed out that first of all, cross-strait exchanges should benefit the nation's free and democratic development, and regional stability, and that mutually beneficial exchanges should be conducted in a dignified, equal, and transparent manner under the supervision of the democratic system.
Secondly, he said, cross-strait issues are beyond the consideration of political parties, and no political maneuvers should be involved. He suggested that the timing of Ma's scheduled meeting with Xi during the presidential election campaign season gives the impression of a political maneuver.
Thirdly, as the DPP sees it, the abrupt announcement of the impending meeting reflects the usual practice of non-transparency of the administration, against Ma's promise that a Ma-Xi summit will only be realized when the nation needs it, the people support it, and the parliament supervises its process. The DPP suggested that there is no public consensus regarding such a meeting.
The fourth point demands that the president should give a clear account of the purpose and content of the meeting. The DPP is questioning Ma's motive, because four years ago when he was running for re-election, he pledged not to meet Beijing's leader during his presidential term.
The last but not least point is a warning to Ma not to make any concessions regarding national sovereignty, dignity or the values of democracy and freedom, not to give the wrong impression to the international community, and not to make any political concession or to sign any document of whatever form. (By S.P. Yeh and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-26 05:52 GMT+08:00