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President schedules Ma-Xi summit news conference

President schedules Ma-Xi summit news conference

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou scheduled a news conference Friday about his summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping as it grew increasingly unlikely that the Legislative Yuan would invite him to present a report.
The latest round of talks between the legislative caucuses Friday morning ended with the issue of a presidential address being left to negotiations, a process which was likely to take one month and could end without result.
In the end, the Presidential Office announced Ma would host an international news conference at 5 p.m. Friday to discuss his November 7 Singapore summit with Xi.
Ma has come under fire, both for the secrecy with which the unprecedented cross-straits meeting was prepared, and for his alleged failure to stand up for Taiwanese interests at the encounter. The president has vehemently denied the allegations, saying the summit would pave the way for similar meetings between his successors and Xi.
Ma wanted to report to the Taiwanese people about his summit, though he would not give up the hope of presenting an address to the Legislative Yuan, presidential spokesman Charles Chen said. The president was not trying to manipulate the topic for political purposes, but respected the law and the Constitution by being ready to personally present a report according to the principles of respect for the Legislature and for Taiwan’s democratic values, the spokesman added.
Chen emphasized that nothing, not even an international news conference, could take the place of a presidential report to the Legislative Yuan.
Ma already hosted a news conference about the Ma-Xi summit just after the event, on November 7 in Singapore.
The meeting between the two presidents, who called each other “Mister,” failed to move opinion polls for the January 16 presidential and legislative elections. Opposition Democratic Progressive Party leader Tsai Ing-wen still led Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu by more than 20 percent in most opinion polls taken after the summit, with People First Party Chairman James Soong finishing third around 10 percent.


Updated : 2021-09-26 17:13 GMT+08:00