China fears student protests, Ma says

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Taipei Times
Date: May 19, 2015
By: Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Chinese concerns over Taiwan’s student movement have held up negotiations

Ma speaks in Taipei on May 8. (File photo/Liu Tsung-lung)

(File photo/Liu Tsung-lung)

to establish cross-strait representative offices, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday.

“[China] is worried that any organization it establishes in Taiwan would become a focal point for the student movement,” Ma said, adding that the Chinese government might have been “frightened” by last year’s Sunflower movement, despite the Taiwanese government’s assurances of protection.

The concern was a “technical question” compared with deeper Chinese fears over the “political connotations” of setting up the offices, Ma said, reiterating his position that the offices would not amount to “foreign relations” and were necessitated by extensive cross-strait exchanges.     [FULL  STORY]

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