US intervention in Taiwan-China relations is bound to fail: Ex-President Ma

A unification process should be democratic and peaceful: Ma

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Ex-President Ma Ying-jeou speaking at Soochow University in Taipei Wednesday.

Ex-President Ma Ying-jeou speaking at Soochow University in Taipei Wednesday. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Any interference by the United States in relations between Taiwan and China is doomed to fail, former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Wednesday.

The retired Kuomintang (KMT) leader made the remark at a seminar about the future of cross-strait relations hosted by Soochow University in Taipei.

His speech came after the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party suffered a major defeat in the November 24 local elections, ending up with only six positions of city mayor and county magistrate against 15 for the KMT.

Ma described how before he met Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore in 2015, the U.S. had said relations between Taipei and Washington had been at their best because of his stable handling of cross-strait relations, the United Evening News reported.

There was no quarreling between Taiwan and China during that period, Ma emphasized, adding that a peaceful resolution of disputes was in the U.S. interest.

The former president also responded to criticism of his recent stance that Taiwan should not exclude the possibility of unification with China. The precondition was that any such process should be democratic and the method should be peaceful, he added.

Ma rejected criticism that his statement went against his administration’s policy of “no unification, no independence, no use of force,” the United Evening News reported.

The former president said President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should reflect why the result of the November 24 referenda all went against her administration’s views.