By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
President Ma Ying-jeou fell on deaf ears as he refused to comment on an earlier remark
by Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-wen that his precipitated meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping would hurt Taiwan’s democracy, reports said Thursday.
“I have no idea what she is talking about,” Ma refuted.
Ma, who held a press conference in the morning to address his upcoming summit in Singapore, slammed a local press reporter for bringing up the critic in which Tsai labeled the trip as “hurting Taiwan’s democracy.”
On Wednesday evening, Tsai condemned Ma Ying-jeou for planning the trip in a precipitated and secretive manner, saying it is harmful to Taiwan’s democratic values as the public is not well informed prior to his official announcement. She also condemned the planning process as a “black box” affair that lacks transparency and openness. [FULL STORY]