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DPP's Tsai makes three recommendations for Ma-Xi meeting

DPP's Tsai makes three recommendations for Ma-Xi meeting

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The presidential candidate of Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday brought up three recommendations for the upcoming meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (???), which will take place later in the day in Singapore. Tsai Ing-wen (???), who chairs the DPP, said she hopes firstly that the position to safeguard Taiwan people's right to choose is reflected and the respect for the value of democracy is expressed during the Singapore meeting, which will be the first meeting between the top leaders of Taiwan and China in 66 years. That is the way to maintain the status quo between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, and the current conditions of Taiwan's democracy and freedom, Tsai said during a visit to Taichung, central Taiwan. Secondly, she suggested that the high-profile meeting should be able to demonstrate a spirit, which is that no political prerequisites or any other prerequisites are required for the pursuit of the stable and peaceful development of cross-strait relations. Because "only peace without preset standpoints is peace from the heart; and only relationships without political prerequisites is genuine and sincere," Tsai said. Thirdly, the equality and dignity of the two sides must be maintained during the Ma-Xi meeting, Tsai added. Unless the three points are achieved, the meeting cannot be called a "historic moment," she contended. Tsai believed that only by fulfilling her three recommendations, can the two sides have a fresh start in maintaining long-lasting cross-strait links. The presidential candidate, who has enjoyed a comfortable lead in the run-up to the election in January, made the remarks as she was asked by reporters about the Ma-Xi meeting. She seemed to have prepared for the occasion because unlike past practice, she took out her manuscript to refer to while taking questions from the reporters. Calling the Ma-Xi meeting as nothing but a "news-making moment," Tsai said for the event to become a "historic moment" as some people have described it, it has to be able to "manifest a fundamental reversal on the values and standpoints, and bring a positive change to cross-strait relations." (By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-19 10:27 GMT+08:00