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Nobel laureate questions timing of Ma-Xi meeting

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Lee Yuan-tseh (???), Taiwanese-born Nobel laureate, Saturday questioned the timing of the meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (???). On the sidelines of a ceremony of the Teco Technology Foundation-organized Teco Award, Lee, the winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1986, said that Ma's second term will end in May 2016, it was not appropriate for Ma to hold the meeting with Xi now. Ma and Xi met with each other in Singapore Saturday. The Ma-Xi meeting, which has attracted wide international news coverage, was the first summit across the Taiwan Strait since 1949, when a civil war separated Taiwan and China. Lee's comments echo opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???). Tsai said earlier this week that people in Taiwan will not stand for Ma making any promises in the meeting for which he cannot take responsibility after his departure from office. She said that Ma does not have the right to promise anything in the meeting with Xi, adding that the president rushed to arrange the meeting with Xi only for the sake of elevating his status in history, without carefully taking into account Taiwan's interests, a move that she said could limit Taiwan's development. Ma's efforts to hold the Ma-Xi meeting at the moment were "a strange thing," Lee said. Lee urged that Taiwan should take welfare of its people into account when it develops the relations across the Taiwan Strait. The Nobel laureate is also a former president of Academia Sinica, the highest academic institution in Taiwan. (By Jalen Chung and Frances Huang)

Updated : 2021-09-25 05:24 GMT+08:00