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United Daily News: New thinking on Ma-Xi summit

United Daily News: New thinking on Ma-Xi summit

As President Ma Ying-jeou (???) will end his second term in May next year and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) is busy devising his global strategy, the two leaders will meet in Singapore Nov. 7, marking the first meeting of its kind and turning a new page in history in the 66 years since the two sides of the Taiwan Strait split after the Chinese civil war in 1949.
Digging into the question of why a Ma-Xi meeting has been delayed until now, the reason can be attributed to misjudgment and lack of a strong motivation on both sides to press for such a meeting that has tremendous political significance.
Now, with all technical issues related to formality, location and protocol having been removed after three years of twists and turns, Ma and Xi are eventually able to meet in Singapore this weekend on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between China and Singapore.
On the other hand, it can be perceived that the two sides are pushed to come up with a "new approach" and "new thinking" to maintain their relations. Beijing is worried that opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) will win Taiwan's Jan. 16 presidential election at a time when the ruling Kuomintang has yet to regain its feet after its crushing defeat in local elections late last year. Under such circumstances, Beijing feels that is should hail Ma's efforts in promoting cross-strait ties and do something to prevent them from falling back to an irreversible situation.
Keeping such new thinking in mind, the breakthrough occurred between the two sides, allowing for a Ma-Xi summit. As Xi will not attend this year's APEC leaders' meeting in Manila in November due to territorial disputes over the South China Sea, Singapore's invitation to Xi to make a visit has provided a good setting for him to meet Ma.
If this opportunity is missed, a summit between the leaders of the two sides might not be possible in the next four or eight years, which is the main concern for Beijing, which has pushed to shelve differences in order to make the Ma-Xi meeting possible.
Singapore is the best venue for a Ma-Xi summit, as it is the venue where late Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Koo Chen-fu and his late Chinese counterpart, Wang Daohan, met, which brewed the concept of the "1992 consensus." With Ma and Xi to meet soon, their meeting in the city-state will give a new meaning to the "1992 consensus." What occurs later will depend on what "content" the two leaders come up with following their meeting.
In response to the opposition's blast that Ma will sell out Taiwan and hurt national interests, their accusations are out of the question, as the upcoming Ma-Xi summit will be closely watched by the whole world and the Executive Yuan will make a report to the Legislative Yuan. It will in turn help open the way for leaders from the two sides to meet on an institutionalized basis, irrespective of future power transfers. (Editorial abstract -- Nov.4, 2015) (By Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-25 07:52 GMT+08:00