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Ma-Xi summit press passes changed

Ma-Xi summit press passes changed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Press passes for the summit between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had their date changed from the Republic of China system to the western system prevalent in China, reports said Saturday.
With Ma and Xi due to start their historic summit at 3 p.m. Saturday at Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel, hundreds of reporters from the world media have descended on the site.
Taiwanese journalists who arrived in Singapore on Friday reportedly received press passes showing the date of the event as 104.11.7, or November 7 of the year 104 of the Republic of China, the official date used in Taiwan.
However, the press passes were suddenly retracted and replaced by new ones showing the date as 2015.11, omitting the day but also changing the year to the western method of counting used in most of the world, including China.
Some reporters also said that even though they had reported for the event with Taiwan’s Presidential Office, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also had their names.
In the run-up to the summit, public opinion in Taiwan has been wary of possible tricks by the Chinese side intent on downgrading the island nation’s importance.
Taiwan has said that Ma and Xi will be using the moniker “Mister” while meeting instead of their official titles, while the president said at a news conference Thursday he would not be wearing a pin showing the Republic of China flag.
One allegation was that Xi’s decision not to hold a news conference of his own also constituted a lack of equality with Taiwan. In his stead, Taiwan Affairs Office chief Zhang Zhijun will host a news conference after the summit, while for Taiwan, President Ma will be in charge of his own separate news event.


Updated : 2021-09-19 15:51 GMT+08:00