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Tsai slams Ma-Xi summit

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou failed to achieve equality or receive mutual respect at his summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen said Saturday.
Ma and Xi sat down for half an hour at Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel Saturday afternoon, during which they discussed issues ranging from the controversial “1992 Consensus” to Chinese missiles targeted on Taiwan.
Most people in Taiwan will be disappointed at the outcome of the Ma-Xi summit, Tsai said during a short statement reacting to the meeting.
Ma also failed to fulfill two other elements Tsai had put forward as conditions earlier in the day, namely maintaining transparency and the absence of political preconditions. The president had failed on all counts, according to Tsai.
A political framework which did not have the support of public opinion and had not come into existence by a democratic procedure would never receive the support of the people, the opposition leader said.
“I cannot accept the damage (the summit) caused to the people of Taiwan and to Taiwan’s democracy, but I will use an even more democratic method to compensate for the harm caused by the Ma-Xi summit,” Tsai said.
Ever since the top meeting was announced just days earlier, the DPP as well as social movements accused the Ma Administration of having been too secretive. They alleged the president was about to sell out the country to China while he was also trying to influence the outcome of next January’s presidential and legislative elections, which Tsai and the DPP look slated to win.

Updated : 2021-09-19 21:26 GMT+08:00