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Ma mentioned missiles to Xi

Ma mentioned missiles to Xi

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping said that any missiles in China are not targeted on Taiwan, President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday after his historic summit in Singapore.
The two and their delegations sat together for about an hour, followed by separate news conferences by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office chief Zhang Zhijun and by Ma himself.
Taiwan’s president told reporters he mentioned several sensitive subjects, including the presence of more than 1,000 Chinese missiles targeted on Taiwan and Chinese interference with Taiwan’s participation in international organizations.
Ma said Xi told him that the military installations were not directed at Taiwan. The comment provoked reactions of disbelief from Taiwanese commentators, who said the missiles could not be targeted on Japan or the United States or on the Pacific Ocean.
The president emphasized that he had not been meeting Xi for his own reputation, but for Taiwan. “Isn’t it strange, that when relations have improved to this level, the two leaders have not met yet?” he told reporters.
The controversial “1992 Consensus” also formed a frequent topic for conversation inside and outside the Singapore summit. Ma said that during his talks with Xi, he had insisted on mentioning the full formula, “One China,” followed by “Each His Own Interpretation,” a phrase usually totally avoided by Chinese leaders and media.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party and former President Lee Teng-hui deny a consensus of that kind was ever reached at talks between Taiwan and China in Hong Kong in 1992.
Ma also said that he had mentioned Taiwan’s official name when talking about the “Constitution of the Republic of China.”
As he sat behind a table with his delegation for the news conference, reporters noted that his place was marked by a sign including the flag of the Republic of China and his title of “president” in Chinese. Before the summit, he had put an emphasis on not wearing a pin with the ROC flag and on using the term “Mister” for exchanges between the two leaders.
At the beginning of his meeting with Xi, Ma had proposed five items: strengthening the “1992 Consensus,” reducing confrontation, expanding bilateral exchanges, setting up a cross-straits hotline between the Mainland Affairs Council and the Taiwan Affairs Office, and promoting more mutual assistance.


Updated : 2021-09-20 20:37 GMT+08:00