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President willing to report to Legislature about meeting with Xi

President willing to report to Legislature about meeting with Xi

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) Tseng Yung-chuan (???), secretary-general of the Presidential Office, said Wednesday that President Ma Ying-jeou (???) is willing to report to lawmakers after his Nov. 7 meeting in Singapore with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???). Tseng said that if the Legislative Yuan invites Ma to attend a legislative session to report to lawmakers about the meeting, Ma will be happy to do so. Tseng said that Ma and Xi will not sign any agreements or issue any joint declarations after the meeting. According to a statement issued by the Presidential Office Tuesday, the meeting is aimed at strengthening peace between Taiwan and China and maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Tseng made the comments after he and Premier Ma Chi-kuo (???), on behalf of Ma, met with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???) Wednesday to brief him about the upcoming meeting with Xi.
Wang said that he was not aware of the Ma-Xi meeting until the press phoned him for comments on the meeting late the previous night. Lai Shyh-bao (???), chief executive of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT)'s policy committee, said the KMT caucus in the Legislative Yuan has proposed to issue an invitation to Ma and hopes that Ma will attend a session of the Legislative Yuan to report after he meets with Xi. Lai said that if Ma attends the session, it will be the first time for a president in Taiwan to appear at a legislative session to report to lawmakers about Taiwan's national affairs. The KMT lawmaker said that Ma's presence would establish a constitutional precedent in Taiwan. While the KMT caucus wants Ma to report to a legislative session, Lai said all KMT lawmakers have voiced their support for the Ma-Xi meeting. He said he believes that the meeting will be held on an equal footing and that the discussions are expected to be conducted with Taiwan's dignity in mind. Lai said the meeting is expected to set up a platform for Taiwan and China to continue such summits for future presidents in Taiwan. However, opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) lawmaker Chen Ting-fei (???) and several other opposition lawmakers said that the announcement of the Ma-Xi meeting caught many people in Taiwan off-guard. Wang for his part said that the Legislature supports any dialog between Taipei and Beijing that strengthens peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait and stabilizes the regional situation, but he added any such discussions should be conducted on an equal footing. (By Tseng Ying-yu and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-17 05:16 GMT+08:00