By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday defended his handling of the
November 7 summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping against allegations he had failed to stand up for Taiwan’s interests.
His unexpected news conference came as it grew increasingly unlikely that the Legislative Yuan would invite him to present a report about the topic. The Democratic Progressive Party has opposed the idea, while it accused Ma of having used too much secrecy in preparing the summit and of doing a poor job of defending Taiwan.
The president told the Friday news conference that during his talks with Xi, he had both mentioned Taiwan’s official name, the Republic of China, and the complete phrasing of the “1992 Consensus” formula, “One China, Each His Own Interpretation.” Chinese officials usually never mention the second part of the phrase, underlining statements by the DPP and former President Lee Teng-hui that the consensus does not exist. [FULL STORY]