Date: Dec 10, 2016
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
If the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) truly wants to realize the dreams of Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), it is
welcome to come and learn from Taiwan, “as long as it can achieve Sun’s ideals in a democratic and peaceful manner,” former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said on Thursday at an event held by an association dedicated to the advocacy of Sun’s The Three Principles of the People.
Speaking at KMT headquarters in Taipei, Ma said that Taiwan and China held commemorative events in November to mark the 150th anniversary of Sun’s birth.
At the event in China, Chinese President and CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) described party members as firm supporters, loyal collaborators and the most faithful successors of Sun’s revolutionary spirit.
Ma said that under his leadership the Republic of China (ROC) had lived up to Sun’s hopes of being equal with other nations in the world, with the number of countries including Taiwan in their visa-waiver programs rising to 164 by the time he stepped down. [FULL STORY]