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Ma-Xi summit leaves many stones unturned

Taiwan News
Date: 2015-11-08
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou returned to Taiwan early Sunday after a historic meeting

Ma-Xi summit leaves many stones unturned.  Taiwan News

Ma-Xi summit leaves many stones unturned. Taiwan News

with his Chinese counterpart and with some backlash awaiting him at home. Many public figures in Taiwan have expressed their regret or blatant disagreement over the meeting, including the opposition DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen.

This meeting, however, didn’t yield a substantial result but a mere dazzling group photo show between the two talking past each other. It speaks another political absurdity under the Ma administration.

“Most people in Taiwan will be disappointed at the outcome of the Ma-Xi summit,” Tsai said in her Facebook post Saturday evening reacting to the meeting.

The Ma-Xi meeting, which was held Saturday afternoon in Singapore, was the first-ever one between the leaders of Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. Ma said in a post-meeting press conference that both of them agreed to continue the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties under the framework of the 1992 consensus, which is a policy of “one China with different interpretations.”     [FULL  STORY]

Nature of cross-strait ties unchanged after Ma-Xi meeting: scholar

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/11/08
By: Huang Chao-ping and Frances Huang

New York, Nov. 7 (CNA) Andrew Nathan, an East Asian studies professor at Columbia University, said Saturday that a meeting between Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has not created any changes in the nature of cross-strait relations.

Nathan, who specializes in Chinese politics, said that neither side has changed its position regarding the cross-strait relations.

“Beijing position is that Taiwan can benefit if it pursues cooperation with mainland China but the price of such a benefit is not to challenge the one China principle,” Nathan said.

On this, Xi spoke in a gentle fashion, but “nonetheless he was clear that refraining from such a challenge is the price of peace; a challenge to the one China principle would lead to a disruption of peace,” said the U.S. academic.     [FULL  STORY]

MA-XI MEETING: KMT poll finds majority back Ma-Xi meeting

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 09, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

A majority of respondents to a poll released by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus

Former National Security Council deputy secretary-general Philip Yang, second left, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Guei-min, third left, and other prominent KMT politicians talk to reporters in Taipei yesterday about President Ma Ying-jeou’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  Photo: CNA

Former National Security Council deputy secretary-general Philip Yang, second left, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Guei-min, third left, and other prominent KMT politicians talk to reporters in Taipei yesterday about President Ma Ying-jeou’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: CNA

yesterday supported the landmark meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).

The survey was conducted by the Apollo Survey and Research Co between 5pm and 10pm on Saturday at the behest of the KMT caucus, following the historic Ma-Xi meeting that took place at 3pm on the same day in Singapore.

It was released amid divided opinions on the potential impacts of the first official meeting between leaders from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait since 1949, when the KMT regime retreated to Taiwan after its defeat by the Chinese Communist Party in the Chinese Civil War.

The poll showed that about 46.1 percent of respondents supported the Ma-Xi meeting, compared with 21 percent who did not.     [FULL  STORY]

Ma’s failure to mention ‘different interpretation’ sparks debacle

Taiwan News
Date: 2015-11-08
By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

President Ma Ying-jeou has failed yet again to live up to the expectations of the people, as

Ma's 'one china' remark sparks debacle.  Central News Agency

Ma’s ‘one china’ remark sparks debacle. Central News Agency

his “one China” remark during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore sparked a huge debacle in Taiwan, according to local media reports Sunday.

Ma failed to achieve equality or receive mutual respect at his summit with Xi, Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen said, adding that his failure to mention the reference on “different interpretation” has left majority of the public disappointed.

Ma also failed to fulfill two other elements Tsai had put forward as conditions earlier, namely maintaining transparency and the absence of political preconditions. The president had failed on all counts, Tsai said after the meeting ended Saturday.

Taiwanese activists deported from Singapore under “special rules”

Taiwan News
Date: 2015-11-07
By: Jocylin FC, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Three social activists from Taiwan were deported by Singapore authorises after being held

In the photo, activists gathered at Ketagalan Boulevard Saturday evening. (the photo was contributed by Susan)

In the photo, activists gathered at Ketagalan Boulevard Saturday evening. (the photo was contributed by Susan)

for interrogation by immigration officers under reason of “special rules”.

Three social activists from Democracy Tautin, Dreamdom and Taiwan Restoration of Social Justice, were the main organizers of the rally in Taipei today. They went to Singapore in order to present a petition to TECO and to protest the Ma-Xi meeting. They self-financed the trip and took on personal risk in order to submit an official document that declared President Ma Ying-jeou does not possess the legitimacy to represent the Taiwanese population.

“The officers told the activists that a day’s stay in Singapore is strange as a reason for their interrogation and proceeded with taking their thumbprints. At 10.38am, the immigration officers informed the three that they are not allowed to enter Singapore but declined to give details of why they are denied entry. According to the activists, the officers just replied saying, “Today’s special rule is as such”,” reported the Online Citizen.

Singapore’s draconian laws forbid all political protest thus the deportation does not come as a surprise.     [FULL  STORY]

Important meetings between Taiwan and China: an overview

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/11/07
By: Kuo Chung-han and Lee Mei-yu

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The historic meeting between Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英

The 1993 meeting between Chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation Koo Chen-fu (right) and the President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Wang Daohan (left).

The 1993 meeting between Chairman of Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation Koo Chen-fu (right) and the President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Wang Daohan (left).

九) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is the first direct contact between the top leaders from both sides since Taiwan and China split at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

But it is not the first time that the two former political rivals have discussed bilateral ties. What follows is a brief overview of the important meetings between the Republic of China government and the Communist Party of China (CPC), from 1993 to the present:

In 1993, Chairman of Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Koo Chen-fu (辜振甫) and the President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) Wang Daohan (汪道涵) met in Singapore April 27-29, which was the first meeting between Taipei and Beijing since 1949.

In October of 1998, Koo and Wang met again in Shanghai and agreed to strengthen dialogue and continue negotiations. The second Koo-Wang meeting lasted for four days.     [FULL  STORY]

Meeting limits Taiwan’s cross-strait options: Tsai

Taipei Times
Date: , Nov 08, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen yesterday waves to supporters at a campaign event in Changhua County in support of DPP legislative candidate Hung Tsung-yi.   Photo: Yen Hung-chun, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen yesterday waves to supporters at a campaign event in Changhua County in support of DPP legislative candidate Hung Tsung-yi. Photo: Yen Hung-chun, Taipei Times

yesterday said that she was disappointed with the outcome of a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).

“We regret that the only result of the Ma-Xi meeting is the use of politics to limit the choices of the Taiwanese public regarding cross-strait relations on an international stage,” Tsai told a news conference in Yunlin County’s Douliu City (斗六) during a stop in her central Taiwan campaign trip.

“This morning, we expected him to do three things for the people of Taiwan: confirming the ability for the 23 million people of Taiwan to make their own choices; establishing that there would be no political preconditions in the development of cross-strait relations; and ensuring equal footing and dignity in cross-strait relations. However, he did not accomplish any one of those three objectives,” she added.     [FULL  STORY]

Tainan speaker not indicted

Taiwan News
Date: 2015-11-06
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao will not be indicted

Tainan speaker not indicted.  Taiwan News

Tainan speaker not indicted. Taiwan News

for vote-buying in the speaker election, the Tainan District Prosecutors Office said Friday, despite months of allegations and of political struggle with Mayor William Lai.

Lee had been targeted for investigations into alleged vote-buying, both in the November 29 city council elections and in the December 25 election, when newly elected councilors voted for a speaker and vice speaker.

Prosecutors said Friday there was no evidence to suggest that Lee paid council members off to vote for him in the speaker election. His victory had surprised public opinion, because he was a Kuomintang candidate facing a majority of Democratic Progressive Party councilors.

The original allegation said that he had used a former lawmaker, Lee Ho-shun, to pay at least four city councilors during their trip to Xiamen in China last December.     [FULL  STORY]

Ma-Xi meeting gift: Ma to give Xi a ceramic Formosan blue magpie

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/11/06
By: Liu Li-jung and Lee Mei-yu

Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will present a ceramic 201511060027t0001Formosan blue magpie to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平) on Saturday to mark their landmark meeting in Singapore, the Presidential Office said Friday.

The ceramic Formosan blue magpie, measuring 31 centimeters long 28 centimeters wide and 53 centimeters high, will be presented to the Chinese leader as a gift because the bird represents Taiwan’s uniqueness, according to the Presidential Office.

Dubbed the long-tailed mountain lady, the Formosan blue magpie is an endemic species that lives in the mountains of Taiwan at low elevations and is known for its rich azure-blue plumage and black head and neck.

It is widely seen as Taiwan’s national bird.