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Taiwan president Ma should not meet with Chinese negotiator: Taiwan former VP

Taiwan president Ma should not meet with Chinese negotiator: Taiwan former VP

Former Vice President Annette Lu said Saturday that it would be inadvisable for President Ma Ying-jeou to meet with Chen Yunlin, president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), during his visit to Taiwan next week.
Speaking at a news conference at her office in Taipei City, Lu said that Ma should not meet with Chen because the latter's official status is far lower than that of the president's.
Meeting with the ARATS chairman would therefore represent a denigration of Taiwan's national status, she argued.
For this reason, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan also should not meet with Chen, she added.
The former vice president believed that the government has paid too high a price to arrange for Chen's visit to Taiwan, adding that Taiwan has "become China's little daughter-in-law" under the Kuomintang administration.
Asked whether she will take part in the protest rallies being organized by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party during Chen's visit, Lu only said that the ARATS head should be treated as a guest.
He should be given the same common courtesy afforded to any visitor, Lu added, as long as he doesn't insult Taiwan's sovereignty, in order to let him see that the "real Taiwan" is a democratic country with its own culture.
The best thing would be for Chen to report back to his superiors following his visit that "Taiwan and China are countries on either side of the Taiwan Strait," she said.
Lu further said that Chen's visit will serve as a litmus test for how strongly the KMT's heart lies in Taiwan and how much it is leaning toward China, adding that the ruling party has very clearly been leaning strongly toward China up until now.
Lu gave the news conference after returning earlier the same day from a visit to Mexico to attend the 26th annual conference of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women.


Updated : 2022-05-22 06:33 GMT+08:00