By: Claudia Liu and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Former National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General King
Pu-tsung (金溥聰) on Monday attributed China’s rejection of a proposed meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平) last year to Ma’s insistence on holding the meeting at the APEC summit.
Ma’s insistence that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing last year would be the best venue for a meeting between him and Xi was based on the concept that APEC’s membership is not predicated on the notion of sovereign nation states, but rather economic identities, according to King.
However, China rejected Ma’s proposal because Beijing was dissatisfied with Ma’s offer to meet with Xi at an international forum, King said in a radio interview. [FULL STORY]