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Second Ma-Xi meeting 'highly possible' in 2016: DPP heavyweight

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) An opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politician predicted Wednesday that President Ma Ying-jeou (???) will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) again following their first meeting scheduled for Nov. 7 in Singapore. Frank Hsieh (???), a former premier and a senior member of the DPP, told the press at his party's central standing committee meeting that a second meeting "is highly possible," adding that such a meeting, which would involve national security, should be monitored by Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. Ma's term of office ends on May 20, 2016. Yu Shyi-kun (???), a former DPP chairman and premier, urged Ma to clearly express during his upcoming meeting with Xi that Taiwan is an independent country and that only the country's 23 million people have the right to decide Taiwan's future. Yu said the DPP will be glad to see the Ma-Xi meeting in Singapore, as long as Ma insists on Taiwan's sovereignty and the principle of reciprocity. Su Tseng-chang (???), another former DPP chairman and premier, said on his Facebook page that the Ma-Xi meeting comes at "inappropriate" timing, as Ma has suffered from low public opinion polls for a long time. Su asked Ma to deliver a full report to the Legislature immediately and to gain legislative approval for the meeting, which would become more meaningful with the people's trust and legislative surveillance. The Presidential Office said Tuesday that the Ma-Xi meeting is aimed at cementing peace and maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Ma and Xi will not sign any agreements or issue any joint declarations during the Singapore meeting, according to the Presidential Office. (By Yeh Su-ping and Jeffrey Wu)

Updated : 2021-09-28 13:19 GMT+08:00