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Government rejects claims Ma-Xi meet is political maneuver

Government rejects claims Ma-Xi meet is political maneuver

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) An upcoming meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) is not a political maneuver as has been asserted by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the Presidential Office said Wednesday. The meeting slated for Nov. 7 in Singapore is aimed at "solidifying peaceful relations and maintaining the status quo between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait," said Presidential Office spokesman Chen Yi-hsin (???). The DPP has described the abrupt announcement of the impending meeting as an opaque "black box" operation, saying that the arrangement evades legislative oversight and is merely political maneuvering. However, Chen rebutted the accusation and stressed that the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top mainland policy planner, is willing to report to lawmakers before and after the meeting. Chen said the meeting has also won support from the Legislature, citing Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???) as saying that he supports dialogue between Taipei and Beijing that strengthens peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait and stabilizes the regional situation. Chen also questioned the DPP's stance because it used to push for top-level meetings between then-President Chen Shui-bian (???) and Chinese leaders when it was in power. The DPP should not apply double standards on that issue because Chen Shui-bian expressed willingness many times to conduct talks with Chinese leaders in a third nation. When the DPP was Taiwan's ruling party, the spokesman said, it had tried to push for a cross-strait summit meeting, citing then Mainland Affairs Minister Joseph Wu's (???) statement at the Legislature in 2005 that such a meeting is a necessary step toward achieving lasting peace across the Taiwan Strait. Then-DPP government had also tried to invite Chinese leaders to Kinmen "for a tea gathering" to realize what it called "Chen-Jiang (Zemin) meet" or "Chen-Hu (Jintao) meet," Chen Yi-hsin added. ?? Chen reiterated that Ma and Xi will exchange views on consolidating cross-strait peace and maintaining the status quo on an equal footing, stressing that no agreement will be signed and no joint statement will be issued. (By C.C. Hsieh and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-28 02:34 GMT+08:00