By: C.C. Yin and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) The key concern after the Nov. 7 meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) in Singapore is whether the two sides will continue on a path of peaceful development, Taiwanese scholars said Sunday.
At a seminar on the outlook for cross-Taiwan Strait relations after the Ma-Xi meeting, Andy Chang (張五岳), director of Tamkang University’s Graduate Institute of China Studies, said what really concerned Beijing during the meeting was whether bilateral relations would continue to develop peacefully after Taiwan’s presidential election in January 2016.
In addition to Ma, Beijing also took into consideration whether Taiwan’s next leader will follow the path of continuing peaceful development across the strait, Chang said.
The candidate of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), is considered a virtual lock to take power, and the party is considered far more mistrustful of China than the current Kuomintang administration. [FULL STORY]